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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 16:42

Google Maps scales new heights

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Google's team at the base of Everest Google's team at the base of Everest Google

Google has taken its Maps service to another level, literally, by adding majestic shots of Mount Everest and Kilimanjaro.

Adventurous arm-chair explorers are being invited to take virtual adventures with members of Google’s Street View team to Aconcagua in South America; Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe, and Mount Everest base camp in Nepal.

“Whether you’re scoping out the mountain for your next big adventure or exploring it from the comfort and warmth of your home, we hope you enjoy these views from the top of the world,” Google adventurer Dan Fredinburg said in a blog post today.

“With Google Maps, you can instantly transport yourself to the top of these peaks and enjoy the sights without all the avalanches, rock slides, crevasses, and dangers from altitude and weather that mountaineers face.”

Members of Google’s team used tripod-mounted digital camera equipped with a fish-eye lens to capture 360-degree views, which are available for viewing right now.

Now all we need is some David Attenborough narration over the top.

“We’re honored to share this amazing imagery with you on Google Maps and show the world what life is like from its highest peaks!” said Google in its blog post.

“To see more of this  collection, visit the Street View Gallery or download Google Maps on your iPhone or Android device."

Google Maps originally launched eight years ago in 2005 and just early this year added detailed map information of North Korea.


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