Researchers get detailed view of 300-year-old coral from drone

10/23/2013 | LiveScience.com

Detailed images of 300-year-old coral living off the coast of American Samoa have been taken by a small drone, using technology that could help scientists map the world's network of coral reefs. The drone, developed by the Stanford Woods Institute's Stephen Palumbi and Stanford University aeronautics graduate student Ved Chirayath, can film coral reefs from up to 200 feet above the ocean. Combining the images from the drone with those of a 360-degree underwater camera, researchers produced detailed panoramic images of the reef.

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