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World SCUBA Google Map
Here is a wiki-style Google Map of world SCUBA dive sites that lets anyone add their favorite dive sites. As far as Google Maps go, this one has a TON of search functionality and content. It allows you to view/add image and video galleries, rate each site and also search by heaps of things. It also has a search mechanism so you can do things like ask it to show you all the dive sites that have the keyword shark, are in a particular country and can be accessed from the shore; or just show me all the ice dives with good wide angle photography. This is an awesome Google Maps mashup! Go to:
http://www.scubamap.net/map/

Group Finds Ancient Ships Off Italy Coast
Archaeologists exploring the bottom of the sea off the island of Capri found the wrecks of three ancient ships that once plied the Mediterranean between Rome and northern African colonies.
Culture Minister Giuliano Urbani took a mini-submarine tour to see the latest additions to Italy's rich archaeological heritage, which were found in 2004.
The wrecks were found off the island in the Gulf of Naples at a depth of about 430 feet, said private TV Canale 5, showing underwater footage of the finds on Friday.
A starfish rested on piles of amphorae, the slender terra cotta storage containers the ancient Romans used to transport goods, and colorful fish darted through the openings between the relics.
Archaeologists said one of the wrecks, from the 1st century, had been transporting goods on the route between Rome and what is now Tripoli, Libya.
A second ship, also from the first century, sank with a load of the containers which were typical of those used to transport fruit. The third vessel, from the 4th century, was laden with similar vases containing a popular condiment of the time based on a kind of fish sauce.
The underwater expedition also found ships from medieval times as well as more recent wrecks from World War II.

Sicilians Stake Claim on Underwater Volcano
Sicilian divers will this week try to plant a flag on an underwater volcano, to prevent any claims of British sovereignty. The Italian National Institute of Geophysics has suggested that the volcano, now 6 metres (20 feet) below the surface, may resurface soon. The last time it appeared was in 1831, when the
British navy planted the Union flag and claimed it for Britain. The King of Naples sent a warship to replace the flag, and a French party also landed. Conflict was avoided by the island sinking again.