Those crazy Google Map cars have been almost everywhere but apparently ”Almost” isn’t good enough for Google and today, they’ve announced “Tour of the Amazon River.” You heard right, Google has filmed the amazon! For World Forest Day, Google has made the images of the lower Amazon basin public and part of its great maps project – you can check out the project here.
In August 2011, a few members of our Brazil and U.S. Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams were invited to the Amazon Basin to collect ground-level images of the rivers, forest and communities in the Rio Negro Reserve. On, March 21, 2012 on World Forest Day, we made those images available through the Street View feature on Google Maps….
We ended up collecting imagery of the Rio Negro, an Amazon Forest trail, and five river communities. You can take your time and explore all the images in the gallery above. Or, for those who would like a guided tour at a quicker pace, take a Google Earth tour on the river, in the forest, or in the Tumbira community. Together with FAS, 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….
Often, Google gets labeled as a beta project company – creating countless services but never really refining them. I truly believe that Google’s ambitious mapping project is not only ground breaking, successful and revolutionary but without the cash/size of Google, no one would have stepped up for such a massive undertaking. Bravo to you sir.