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A View Worth Sharing

“People won’t fight for what they haven’t seen.” I think of those words as our runabout bobs up and down in the lee of an old oyster house where my husband Eric and I wait for Rob Campbell. The early morning ride across the Rappahannock had been a rollicking one, with an air temperature in the upper 40s and a fresh 15-knot wind from the northwest. Now we are nestled in McKans Bay with the sun on our faces, watching a pair of eagles circle over the cliffs and listening to the occasional fish slap the surface. Letting people see this view and others like it is why the Chesapeake Conservancy has partnered with Terrain 360° to complete a panoramic imaging of the Rappahannock from Port Royal to Deltaville. It is also why we have braved the unseasonable cold to rendezvous with Terrain 360°’s custom-designed, high-tech photography boat.  Continue reading A View Worth Sharing

Richmond cartography company giving Capt. John Smith’s sail trail a virtual update

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — A quirky looking craft launched at Fredericksburg’s City Dock Monday will soon give people a virtual tour of the Rappahannock River.

Richmond-based cartography company Terrain360 is using a pontoon boat with a 10-foot high “mast” topped with six cameras instead of sails. They capture high-resolution, 360-degree images every 50 feet, which software will stitch together to create a digital image map.  It should be ready in August.
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Camera boat’s river map will be like a ‘Google Street View’

FEDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — People will soon be able to go online and get a virtual tour of a Virginia river system that Capt. John Smith explored in the 1600s.

The Richmond-based cartography company Terrain360 is using a one-of-a-kind boat equipped with six cameras to create a digital image map of the Rappahannock River, the Free Lance-Star reported (http://bit.ly/1rEkxwf ).
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Interactive Map Shows 360-Degree Views Of D.C.-Area Trails

In panoramic news, District pedestrians and cyclists can scope out 360-degree views of nearly 63 miles of trails in the region. The Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership, a collaborative that works to clean up the Anacostia River, has created an interactive map that features the winding roads of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System, according to a release by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
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Chart your paddle route with a virtual tour

Outside, the wind is rattling cold rain against my windows. But inside, I’m warm enough and thinking of my kayak, spring breezes, a serene stretch of river and the next section of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail that I want to explore.

But which section? I’m torn. Should I go south, to the James River, where Smith helped found the first permanent English settlement in what became the United States of America? Or, back to the Nanticoke, one of my favorite rivers, to soak in its quiet beauty? Or north, to the Susquehanna? 
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Nanticoke River virtual tour online

View the river as a slide show on a computer, smartphone or tablet.

The Nanticoke River flows 64 miles through Delaware and Maryland to Tangier Sound and the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Conservancy and Terrain360 virtual tour provides an interactive kayaker’s-eye view of the entire river. There are views of places on several tributaries, such as Laurel River Park on Broad Creek. To view all virtual tours, visit terrain360.com.

The conservancy and Richmond-based Terrain360 deployed a one-of-a-kind pontoon boat, with six cameras mounted 10 feet above the water’s surface to capture high-resolution, 360-degree images every 50 feet. Terrain360 stitched the images together to create a digital image map of the Nanticoke.
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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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