Exploring the Amazon with Google Street View

| March 29, 2012 |

March 22 was World Forest day. In celebration, Google made available a series of ground-level images of the Amazon Basin via the Street View feature on Google Maps.

These images were taken by members of Google’s Street View and Earth Outreach teams based out of Brazil and US.

This was a mega-project that required over 50,000 images to be stitched together to deliver the panoramic view. It would not have been possible without the cooperation of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, a local, non-profit organization that is devoted to conservation.

Thanks to the efforts of these intrepid men and women, you and I can immerse ourselves in the beauty of the Amazon sitting in the comfort of our homes. We can take a virtual boat ride down the Rio Negro and float down its smaller tributaries where the forest is flooded.

We can even see images of what we might really see were we to stroll along the paths of Tumbira, the largest community in the Rio Negro Reserve. In fact, you may even get to see the image of a jumping frog if you patiently view all the images.

Apart from the educational value of getting to know about the ecosystem and the culture of people in that part of the world, what makes these images all the more exciting is that they allow millions of people from around the world to see the beauty of a protected corner of our world without causing the fragile ecosystem even more damage by visiting in person.

Take a look at this video for more information on the Amazon Street View Project:





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