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Reef Report for Thursday, October 2, 2008

Google Adds Mapping and Imagery of Great Barrier Reef to Google Maps

Just this past week Google added high resolution satellite imagery and detailed maps of the Great Barrier reef to Google Maps. The maps and images were a joint project of Google and The Great Barrier Marine Park Authority.

We really love these new images and maps, and intend to use this tool within our own website to help visitors better envision where they might want to dive.

We are glad that Google included one of the largest ecosystems on the planet to its comprehensive maps collection. It always struck us a bit odd that we could use Google’s street maps feature to have a look at a house on Pine St in Omaha Nebraska, but that their maps of the Eastern Australian coastline showed the Great Barrier Reef as a set of grainy satellite images and

Now that’s been rectified, and you can use the google map tool to help locate individual reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef. Let’s hope that an underwater version of Google’s streetview for the Great Barrier Reef comes along soon!

Coverage of this story by The Age.

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