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A real-time 'Seaview' of the Great Barrier Reef

Discussion:  Scientists have figured out how to broadcast a  real-time feed of the Great Barrier Reef that can be accessed online, with the help of Google’s StreetView.  The project, called the Catlin Seaview Survey, will provide a 360 degree view of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  A camera will travel from the surface to a depth of 300 feet, taking panoramic pictures, which will then be stitched together for people to view on line.  The purpose of the project is to raise public awareness and increase scientific understanding of the reef.

Source:  CNN News

Date:  February 23, 2012


Discussion Questions:

  • What is another location where this process of real-time views might be beneficial?
  • Why is having a real-time view of uneasily accessed locations an exciting advancement for scientists?

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