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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 …


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  1. Sebastian A

    I admit it...

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

  2. Don Jefe

    $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.

  3. seven of five



    P Sherman

    42 Wallaby Way


    1. Ragarath

      Re: Nemo?

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

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  5. Peter Harris

    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:

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The hidden GBR

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

  6. Winkypop Silver badge
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    Map are essential....

    ...for mining operations.

    This crazy LNP government is keen to exploit the reef.

    PS: I never promote Murdoch's tripe.

  7. Ian 55

    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.

  8. Tony Rogers

    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.

    1. Martin Budden Silver badge

      Re: UK Use for this new science

      Almost excellent, but unfortunately "bare" ruined it.

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Satellite bathymetry sound complicated...

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

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