Google just unveiled underwater "street views" of the world's most popular undersea destinations: the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii's Hanauma Bay, and Apo Island in the Philippines. And the amazing views are available in all their 1080P high-def gloriousness.
Google Maps has covered cycling routes, weather and Antarctica, but hasn’t gone underwater — until now. Maps has added a series of panoramas for underwater locations, including the Great Barrier reef as well as locations in Hawaii and the Phillipines.
Today we’re adding the very first underwater panoramic images to Google Maps, the next step in our quest to provide people with the most comprehensive, accurate and usable map of the world. With these vibrant and stunning photos youShow More Summary
Thanks to a partnership with The Catlin Seaview Survey, Google Maps now displays Street View-ish images of the Great Barrier Reef and popular underwater spots around Hawaii and the Philippines. Clear your calendar. Forward your emails. Show More Summary
TIL: The Great Barrier Reef is nearly the size of Montana. (Via Marilyn Terrell)
Satellite measurement of sea surface temperatures has yielded clear evidence of major changes taking place in the waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef over the past 25 years, marine scientists have found. The changes have big implications...Show More Summary
With the Arctic experiencing “astonishing” record melting of sea ice and scientists warning that “we have a planetary emergency” due to heat trapping gasses from burning fossil fuels, what is our response? Drill for more oil in the Arctic. And with 90 percent of the world’s coral reefs under threat due to a steep rise [...]
A growing chorus of scientists (Hoegh-Guldberg, Mumby and Hooten 2007, IPCC 2007) are predicting the demise of coral reef systems as a direct consequence of climate change. Ramis M. & Prideaux B., 2013. The importance of visitor perceptions in estimating how climate change will affect future tourist flows to the Great Barrier Reef. In: Vijay [...]
There's more than one way to experience the world's largest natural wonder and not all of them involve a wetsuit.
Trainhopping along the Great Barrier Reef means less driving, more diving and the most scenic surface intervals in the world.
This guest post is by Kara Williams of The Vacation Gals. When I found out I’d been chosen as one of the ten Queensland Blogger Correspondents, I was as excited to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef as I was to get some hands-on blogger training from the ProBlogger himself, Darren Rowse. I’d read [...]Show More Summary
Reef-building coral communities in the Great Barrier Reef-the world's largest coral reef-may now be calcifying at only about half the rate that they did during the 1970s, although live coral cover may not have changed over the past 40 years, a new study finds. read more
Australian scientists have proposed covering endangered coral reefs with shade cloth as part of “last resort” measures to protect parts of the iconic Great Barrier Reef. The proposal, in a paper published today, also includes using low-voltage electrical currents to stimulate coral growth and defend against the worsening impact of heat stress. The paper, in [...]
Get out of your shell and learn the best spots on the reef to mingle with the all-star cast of Nemo in real 3D.
Investigations of the geomorphic and sedimentary context in which turbid zone reefs exist, both in the modern and fossil reef record, can inform key ecological debates regarding species tolerances and adaptability to elevated turbidity and sedimentation. Show More Summary
You might have to change your wetsuit twice after witnessing nature run its course on a shark dive at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) and its chairman, Fred Hochberg, are facing a big decision about a coal project in one of the world's most treasured places.
Vacationing near the Great Barrier Reef, Miranda Kerr tweeted a beach photo of herself wearing a black bikini, floppy sun hat, and pearls in front of an idyllic background. Though the photo shows a bit of skin, it's much more demure than the photos French photographer Lauren Damon posted of the brunette beauty on his website. Show More Summary
Bad news, everyone. Researchers have discovered that 15% of the coral trout living in Australia's great Barrier Reef are suffering from what's been described as a scalier version of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. That's unsettling for a number of reasons, but there are two big ones that should immediately give you pause. More »
Two separate environmental coalitions are criticizing the Obama Administration for its intent to support coal and natural gas export terminals near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. According to an “intent to file suit” letter sent by the Center for Biological Diversity, Pacific Environment, and the Turtle Island Restoration Network, the U.S. Export-Import bank is [...]