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Google Maps Underwater 360-View Of ‘Great Barrier Reef’

Soon, you’ll be able to ‘swim’ around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of your own home.

Google Street View is leaving land for a dive underwater to map the 360-degree view of the World Heritage Site, to a depth of 100 meters.

The project is done in collaboration with Catlin Seaview Survey and the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland—to document and “reveal the composition and health of coral reefs”, according to the Daily Mail.

A special camera will be travel underwater to collect thousands of images that would be mapped together, to create over and upload 50,000 360-degree panoramic images.

Scientists hope that data collected would help them understand how climate and environmental changes are affecting the eco-systems.

“The Catlin Seaview Survey comprises a series of studies, which will reveal to public one of the last frontiers on Earth: the oceans,” Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, part of the Global Change Institute team, said.

For now, users may view the images collected on Catlin Seaview Survey’s website.

[via Daily Mail]
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