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German company EOMAP and researchers from Australia's James Cook University and University of Queensland have produced the first underwater map of the Great Barrier Reef. The 2600-km long collection of reefs is world heritage listed, a colossal tourist magnet and also an increasingly important – and contentious – shipping route …

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I admit it...

I saw "Hook Reef" and "Line Reef" and went looking for "Sinker Reef".

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$500 for a map is cheap, really cheap. I'm not seeing the sad component there.

I know there's a going fad to give everything away 'free', but outside a few pieces of software, not a lot of things work like that. It takes an enormous amount of work to create a useful map.

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Nemo?

easy:

P Sherman

42 Wallaby Way

Sydney

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Re: Nemo?

He's not there any more. Did you only watch the first half of the film?

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The hidden GBR

If you liked this story, then this may interest you: we used a new bathymetric dataset to show that the corals that you can see growing near the sea surface are actually only about 50% of the GBR. Another 50% of the reef is growing down to 20 to 30 m water depth and mostly is invisible from space. Our paper "Submerged banks in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, greatly increase available coral reef habitat" is published here:

http://icesjms.oxfordjournals.org

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There are a lot of scuba divers who could have told you that for free ;-)

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Map are essential....

...for mining operations.

This crazy LNP government is keen to exploit the reef.

http://www.greens.org.au/tony-abbott-green-lights-great-barrier-reef-destruction-big-mining-companies

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-16/conservationists-fear-coal-mine-on-cape-york-could-destroy-reef/4960542

http://www.smh.com.au/national/reef-board-members-linked-to-mining-20131029-2we94.html

PS: I never promote Murdoch's tripe.

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The memorial map

The reef is completely doomed: increased acidity, increasing water temperature, and more mean it will be dead in a few decades. Going to see it will just make things worse, as increased tourism is having an effect even before you include the issue of the air travel half way around the world to see it.

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UK Use for this new science

At last the depths of the Hampstead Heath Ponds will now give up their secret.

For many years the location is thought to contain a deep hole which rises in Australia.

This is the only explanation for the number of Aussie surfing barmen in the area.

The abandoned surf boards on the Heath, bare witness to the vast immigrant problem.

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Re: UK Use for this new science

Almost excellent, but unfortunately "bare" ruined it.

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Satellite bathymetry sound complicated...

...except it essentially just means extrapolating water depth from surface colour.

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