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Great Barrier Reef Virtual Tour

Great Barrier Reef Virtual Tour

Updated 16 October 2012, 10:39 AEDT

A billion people from around the world can now dive on the Great Barrier Reef – without getting wet.  

It’s all thanks to a pioneering scientific project that’s made it possible to take a virtual underwater tour of the world heritage site via Google’s Street View. The amazing images available on Street View are part of the Catlin Seaview Survey which has the ambitious goal of documenting all of the coral reefs around the world.

Renowned Australian marine scientist Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is its chief scientist, he is from the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.

The project has so far covered six locations on the Great Barrier Reef.  It will continue on to 20 individual reefs along the 2300km reef system until the end of the year; with other locations such as Hawaii and the Philippines to be surveyed next year.

The project is the brainchild of Richard Vevers who took time out from the project’s official launch in Monterey California to speak with ABC Radio’s Geraldine Doogue. 

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