Friday, October 28, 2016
Hunting the Loch Ness Monster in 3D
Loch Ness is Scotland's second deepest loch and, due to its large surface size, is also the most voluminous lake in the British Isles. Thanks to Contour.org's new map of Loch Ness you can now explore the depth of Loch Ness in 3d.
The depths of most of Scotland's lochs were not measured until the mid-Nineteenth Century. The first real systematic survey of the lochs was started in 1897 by the oceanographer Sir John Murray. From 1897 to 1909 Murray carried out 60,000 soundings and produced the first ever detailed charts, with depth data, of Scotland's major lochs.
Contours.org has digitized the bathymetry data from Murray's survey for four of Scotland's lochs and created 3d bathymetry maps. These maps allow you to explore the bathymetry contours of Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Loch Levan and Loch Morar in 3d. Contours.org also allows you to view the bathymetry contours of each loch in 2d overlaid on a aerial map.