Google has announced today that Google Street View will be adding the Galapagos Islands, the volcanic islands made famous by Charles Darwin. The Galapagos Islands has a gorgeous landscape inhabited by some of the world’s largest tortoises and other creatures wandering around. Google sent hikers to the Galapagos with Street View camera gear known as “trekkers.” The camera gear is a 42-pound computer backpack with large cameras mounted on a tower.
“Our 10-day adventure in the Galapagos was full of hiking, boating and diving around the islands (in hot and humid conditions) to capture 360-degree images of the unique wildlife and geological features of the islands with the Trekker. We captured imagery from 10 locations that were hand-selected by CDF and GNPD. We walked past giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, navigated through steep trails and lava fields, and picked our way down the crater of an active volcano called Sierra Negra,” said Raleigh Seamster, the Project Lead of Google Maps on the Google Lat Long blog.
Daniel Orellana, a scientist with the Charles Darwin Foundation, hopes that children in classrooms around the world will be trying to discover what they can see in the images even small insects.
[Image Credit: Google Lat Long Blog]