Photo: Google Street View Coming to Amazon River
Google is taking its technology to the depths of the Amazon in Brazil and Peru to map the great Amazonian rainforest and river. The Amazon river is vast especially when you include its tributaries so Google’s Street View is starting with a 50km portion in Manus, Brazil known as the Rio Negro.
The company posted this announcement in their blog post stating:
A few members of our Brazil and U.S. Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams are currently in the Amazon rainforest using our Street View technology to capture images of the river, surrounding forests and adjacent river communities. In partnership with the Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon (FAS), the local non-profit conservation organization that invited us to the area, we’re training some of FAS’s representatives on the imagery collection process and leaving some of our equipment behind for them to continue the work. By teaching locals how to operate these tools, they can continue sharing their points of view, culture and ways of life with audiences across the globe.
The goal is to share the wonders of the Amazon with those who haven’t experienced it, while also helping preserve it.