In celebration of World Forest Day, Google recently announced on its LatLong blog that users can now view the Amazon through its Street View.
Last August, Google announced that members of its Brazil and US Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams would begin collecting images of the Amazon basin, more specifically of the Rio Reserve.
Working in partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), the team ventured down several tributaries in one of the world’s most famous rivers and returned with footage to provide the public with a virtual glimpse of the South American environment.
Karin Tuxen-Bettman, project lead for the Street View project in the Amazon, wrote in a blog post that “Many areas of the Amazon, including Rio Negro Reserve, are under the protection of the Brazilian government with restricted access to the public, so we hope that this Street View collection provides access to this special corner of the planet that many of us otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to experience. Together with FAS, we’re thrilled to help everyone from researchers and scientists to armchair explorers around the world learn more about the Amazon, and better understand how local communities there are working to preserve this unique environment for future generations.”
Therefore, while this announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, the project itself is still an ambitious one, that after watching the video below, you’ll agree is valuable, insightful and worth the wait.
This is not the first time Google has taken its Street View camera’s beyond the shop front. Last year, Google allowed small businesses to show users the inside of their stores.