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Virtual Tour: Explore The Ghost Fleet Of Maryland’s Mallows Bay

Follow the Potomac River about forty miles south of the District and you’ll find more than 200 decrepit, wooden ships lurking around a bend.

The waters of an inlet called Mallows Bay hold one of the area’s most otherworldly scenes. Most of the vessels have been swaying in spot since just after World War I, slowly sprouting greenery from their decks and converging with the surroundings. Last month, President Barack Obama proposed making Mallows Bay and an 875-square mile portion of Lake Michigan the first new national marine sanctuaries in 15 years.
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‘Ghost fleet’ offers treasure trove of wildlife, history in the Potomac (Photos)

NANJEMOY, Md. — Hidden beneath the waters of the Potomac River are dozens of sunken ships known as a “ghost fleet” that sailed from the Revolutionary War to after World War I, and now, thanks to the Chesapeake Conservancy, the public can experience these underwater ships and the unique ecosystem that has grown around them from their desktops.
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Take me to the river; Susquehanna being digitally mapped

HARRISBURG, Pa. –The Chesapeake Conservancy and Envision the Susquehanna have hired a team from Terrain360 to digitally map the entire Susquehanna River.

The river is the longest on the East Coast. The team is using a boat equipped with six DSLR cameras to take photos. The cameras are mounted ten feet in the air and take 360-degree images about every 50 feet. The pictures will be stitched together to create a digital image map of the entire river. Continue reading Take me to the river; Susquehanna being digitally mapped

Crew photographing length of Susquehanna River expected to hit Harrisburg Saturday

At more than 440 meandering miles through three states, the Susquehanna is the longest river on the eastern seaboard. For a month this summer, a crew has taken to documenting all of it.

As part of a project to create a digital rendering of the Susquehanna, a rotating crew has been traveling along the river photographing the waterway as they voyage from the central New York village of Cooperstown, south to where the river’s waters empty into the Chesapeake Bay.
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Chesapeake Conservancy mapping the Susquehanna River

WILKES-BARRE — You might see something strange floating down the Susquehanna River in the near future.

The Chesapeake Conservancy has deployed a one-of-a-kind, handmade boat equipped equipped with six cameras to capture images along the entire length of the river.

The goal? To create a comprehensive, digital map of the Susquehanna River. Continue reading Chesapeake Conservancy mapping the Susquehanna River

Cartographers aim to map Susquehanna digitally

A unique pontoon boat took to the waters of Goodyear and Otsego Lakes on Wednesday for a project that organizers hope will help the Susquehanna River.

Terrain360, based in Richmond, Va., is working with the Chesapeake Conservancy, based in Annapolis, Md. on the effort to produce a digital map of the entire river. When completed it will allow viewers to go on a virtual tour and see first hand what a paddler experiences, according to a media release. Continue reading Cartographers aim to map Susquehanna digitally

Creating a virtual tour of Susquehanna River

A unique custom-made boat equipped with six state-of-the-art digital cameras has been deployed from Cooperstown to document a virtual tour of the Susquehanna River, all the way to Chesapeake Bay.

High-resolution, 360-degree images are taken every 50 feet by six cameras mounted on the vessel 10 feet above the water’s surface. The images will be stitched together to create a digital image map of the entire Susquehanna River. Continue reading Creating a virtual tour of Susquehanna River

Streetview for Trails: Online Mapping with Terrain360

This week in the SAL, we continued working with Ryan Abrahamsen from Terrain360.  Last week we modified visual hierarchies on basemaps to make them more aesthetically pleasing.  To do this, we used the open source program called Mapbox. Mapbox required us to code in CSS, something none of us had ever actually done.  While most of us had coded in some regard in the past, it was either a new language to learn or a new experience altogether.  The basemaps we created and visually modified are used to house the trails and panoramas mapping them. Continue reading Streetview for Trails: Online Mapping with Terrain360