Explore the Amazon with Google Street View

Google expands its Street View service by capturing thousands of images of the Amazon.

Nature lovers can now tour the world’s largest rainforests from the comfort of their own homes. To celebrate World Forest Day on Wednesday, Google released ground-level images of the Amazon’s Rio Negro Reserve as part of its Street View service.

Those interested in seeing the sights can take a virtual boat ride down the Rio Negro or along some of the Amazon River’s smaller tributaries. Google’s cameras also explored forest trails and the community of Tumbira, a remote village in the heart of the Amazon.

The Street View team began their work in the Amazon last August in conjunction with local non-profit, Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS). The group used a bicycle-based camera system called a trike to obtain its images and mounted the system on a boat when collecting river views.

“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,” wrote project leader Karin Tuxen-Bettman in a blog post about the endeavor.

“We're thrilled to help everyone from researchers and scientists to armchair explorers around the world learn more about Amazon, and better understand how local communities there are working to preserve this unique environment for future generations.”

Image, Video: Google Street View

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