© 2019 Lost City of Mer LLC

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Your Mission in virtual reality

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Explore the remnants of Mer, a magical lost civilization, and bring it back to life by overcoming challenges, planting vibrant coral gardens and lowering your real world CO  footprint.

Expeditions

Some of the places, you will adventure, create and transform.

 Lost City of Mer 

 The Secret Coral Garden 

 Cathedral Cave 

 Pirate Poacher Ship Graveyard 

Interactive Innovation

Lost City of Mer is a cross-platform interactive experience

that combines a smartphone app with VR. 

The project utilizes a groundbreaking living narrative structure

where your real-world actions impact the story that unfolds in VR. 

The phone app, which directly interfaces with the VR world,

enables you to win rewards in the virtual world, through 

cutting carbon emissions in the real world.

 

Win rewards and unlock adventures for walking

instead of driving, and lowering your CO  footprint.

Learn about how much CO  is released when you drive.

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Track your steps and win rewards! Download the app prototype from the Apple Store and TestFlight at this link:  https://testflight.apple.com/join/AEKmz9iu

Watch the Lost City of Mer Trailer

 

Dives in Mer

November 22nd and 23rd, 2019 

The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Click HERE to register for the event

Invited dives and talk by Liz Canner

November 17th - 20th, 2019

BCEC, Brisbane, Australia

Dives in Mer at the VR Theatre at the Experience Hall for XR

Talks by Liz Canner and Greg Bennett

Monday, 18th: 5:10 - 5:31 PM

Tuesday, 19th: 5:10 - 5:31 PM

Wednesday, 20th:  4:07 - 4:23PM

Click HERE to see the XR Presentation Programme

October 21st, 2019, Burlington, VT

Dives, lecture and discussion with Liz Canner

Champlain College
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October 19th and 20th, 2019, Burlington, VT

October 18th, 2019, Burlington, VT

VR for Social Impact with Lost City of Mer Workshop

September 23rd, 2019, United Nations, NY

SDG Action Zone dives during The General Assembly Climate Summit

September 27th, 2019, SDG Media Zone, United Nations, NY

Using Technology for Social Impact and the SDG's Panel Discussion

New York Public Library Event for Administators and Educators

August 28th, 2019, NYPL Battery Park City Branch, New York City

June 4th, 2019, New York City 

Presented for World Oceans Week

May 31st, June 1st and 2nd, 2019, Barrette Center for the Arts

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May 17th, 2019, New York City

Prototype dive

May 15th, 2019, New York, NY

Prototype dive 

Dartmouth College

March 23rd, 2019, Carnegie Institution for Science and National Geographic, Washington, D.C.

2018, New York, NY

Dives for staff

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May 13th and 14th, 2019, Hanover, NH

Dives and invited talk

2018, University of Maryland

Prototype dive and invited talk

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2018, New York,

Prototype dive

The mysterious underwater Mer civilization and much of its flora

and fauna have been destroyed. You are the first Mer Baby born

in decades. Athina, a baby seal, befriends you and takes you

on a journey through the remnants of the metropolis. 

 Do you have what it takes to bring Mer and her otherworldly inhabitants back to life?

You swim, using unique navigation developed especially for the

game, and witness the devastating effects of ocean temperature

rise and acidification which have ruined Mer’s ecosystem. Information bubbles explain climate change science (coming soon

in Chapter Two) and gameplay rewards action such as planting

coral and reducing your carbon footprint. The more you invest in

positive action and life creation, the more vibrant and stunning

the ecosystem will become.

The Evolution and Extinction of Aquaprimates

Mer are aquaprimates.  Physical and genetic similarities show that the modern Mer species has a very close relationship to homo sapiens.  They share a common ancestor that lived between 8 and 6 million years ago.  The first aquaprimates evolved off the coast of Africa in the Red Sea.

Paralleling the biological evolution of early Mer was the development of cultural technologies that allowed them to become increasingly successful at acquiring food and surviving predators.  Advances in the Coral Age saw the development of high technology, sophisticated architecture and advanced science. 

Playful and secretive in nature, the Mer kept their elaborate civilization hidden from homo sapiens.  Humans long suspected their existence and records of Mer sightings go back thousands of years.  They are known for their ability to sing in the most alluring way and generate an enthrallment with nature.  Unfortunately, due to recent ocean acidification and temperature rise, the Mer are thought to be extinct.

Built on Climate Change Science

 

Lost City of Mer is built on science in order to educate and

activate the general public about the threat climate change poses

to the health of our planet.  Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine species and are one of the most important ecosystems

on earth. It is estimated that by 2050 most of them will be gone

if there is not large scale action.  

 In Lost City of Mer learn about ocean temperature rise

and acidification, the threat posed by pollution,

over-fishing and solutions.

Science Bubbles

Coming Soon in Chapter Two

Your Mer scientist mom left clues in bubble messages for you about why the Mer civilization collapsed, and what actions

to take to bring it back to life.

For example, this bubble explains the carbon cycle and what you can do about it in the human realm when you are on land. 

Coral Planting has shown to be a viable method for restoring some dying reefs.

Design your own coral garden, and watch as it revives the ecosystem with exotic sea creatures.

Photo Credit: Smithsonian

Pollution

Polluted water pours into The Secret Coral Garden, the only place in Mer that is still alive. Can you stop the pollution and save the reef?

A science bubble reveals that industrial agriculture is pouring reactive nitrogen and phosphorous into the oceans through rivers, creating “ocean dead zones”.  We have the ability to rectify coastal pollution by changing farming practices.

The Secret Coral Garden

Carbon Dioxide Meter

Functionality Coming Soon in Chapter Two

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The CO  and water temperature meter responds to the player's real world actions to lower their carbon

footprint as a form of gameplay and informs players about the impact of carbon on the ocean.

Lost City of Mer was created in Unreal Engine for HTC Vive. The smartphone app is available for Apple and Android devices. If you would like to be a beta tester email info@astreamedia.org

Funding

Auckland University of Technology

Individual Donations

Supporters

Collaborator

We are searching for funds to fully actualize Mer. Donations can be made to Astrea Media, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit,

PO Box 22, New York, NY 10276. 

Your support is tax deductible. Thank you!