Google Street View Offers A Trip Through The Amazon

Google Inc decided to go back to its 'roots' on Wednesday, and treat its fans to a trip through the scenic Amazonian rainforest as part of 'World Forest Day'.

The Mountain View based company delved even further into its geographic database, and delivered incredible street view images of the Amazon's Rio Negro Reserve.

"Take a virtual boat ride down the main section of the Rio Negro, and float up into the smaller tributaries where the forest is flooded," invited project lead for Google Street View in the Amazon, Karin Tuxen-Bettman. "Stroll along the paths of Tumbira, the largest community in the Reserve... Enjoy a hike along an Amazon forest trail and see where Brazil nuts are harvested."

The initiative took off last year after the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation partnered with Google and invited them to visit the region. Only a few of Google's employees were given the opportunity to travel to the Amazon basin, where they then took ground-level images of the forest and rivers within the Rio Negro Reserve.

Armed with a tripod camera with a fisheye lens, the team ventured onto the river and captured images of both the scerney and the local jungle communities. Over 50,000 still photos were taken, which were then joined together to create 360-degree panoramic views.

Tuxen-Bettman said about the project: "For many outdoor enthusiasts, travelers, and environmentalists, this creates an opportunity to experience the wonders of the Amazon, which will be accessible in a way they'd previously only dreamed about."

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Source: CNET