The great composer and lyricist Irving Berlin asked, "How deep is the ocean?"
If you have a boat, you can help provide the answer.
In a floating crowdsourced project, an Oxford, England group called TeamSurv wants to give out devices to thousands of people who would install them on their vessels and chart water depths, the BBC reported. TeamSurv would collect and collate the data, publish it online and make it available to other organizations.
"Large parts of the seas around the U.K. have not had their depth measured for well over a century, back when the method of choice was to throw over some lead and make note of when it hit the bottom," the BBC noted.
Given the growing interest in private space ventures by entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, maybe it also could help answer the next question that Berlin posed in his often covered 1932 classic: How high is the sky?
Photo is from Tiago Fioreze via Wikimedia
— By Mark Halper
on February 24, 2014, 5:26 AM PST
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Surely the navies of the world have already done this?? Classified ?
Can you add a little context about how/why this will be useful to people, organizations, companies and nations. Some of the data collection may be 'useful' - location of pipelines, telecoms cables etc....