Google Maps Invades the OCEAN

Eco-Travel, Travel News — By christinegarvin on March 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

If you’ve been wondering how to get to back to that one spot in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, you’re in luck. Google Maps has expanded its reach.

According to Jaunted, University of Queensland Global Change Institute and Underwater Earth have teamed up with Google to provide photos – and we’re assuming directions? – on Google Earth and Google Maps. The reef will essentially be mapped out to 100 meters deep.

With an estimated 50,000 images being added over time, maybe you’ll see a pic of that crazy rainbow-colored fish you named Shirley on your last reef diving trip.

Image: Catlin Seaview Survey

But, the possibly-to-be-named “Google SeaView” may be less for us travelers and more for scientists. Using the service they’ll be able to track climate change and pollution over time.

Though the Great Barrier Reef has long been known as one of the most beautiful places to go scuba diving in the world, unfortunately that diving has caused degradation to the area. Changes in diving have been made over the last few years to minimize human impact on the ecosystem of the reef, but diving still causes disruptions.

Still, carbon dioxide emissions from human consumption of natural resources may be the biggest culprit.

Maybe with the addition of Google SeaView, some of us can take in the scenery without needing to go experience it ourselves. At the very least, it is sure to help scientists determine better preservation techniques.

Tags: Australia, Google Earth, Google Maps, Great Barrier Reef, scuba diving

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