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Google goes to the Galapagos

Google today announced that it has been taking its Street View Trekker and its underwater Street View cameras to the Galapagos Islands, for an underwater survey.

The search giant plans to make these images available on Google Maps later this year, along with images from previous expeditions including to Everest.

This means the Galaagos Islands will now be 'Street Viewable', with users able to enjoy a tropical getaway without leaving their computer chairs.

For this particular expedition the company worked together with the Charles Darwin Foundation, the Galapagos National Parks Directorate and, for the underwater survey, the Catlin Seaview Survey.

Google said its team spent a total of 10 days in the Galapagos to capture imagery from 10 locations that were selected by its partners.

Google Maps project lead Raleigh Seamster said the team “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.”

Google most recently hiked around the Grand Canyon to take enough images for over 9,500 panoramas there and handed it over to a local hiker to get imagery of Canada’s Arctic territory.

The Galapagos expedition, Seamster noted in today’s announcement, marks the first time the team has captured imagery from both land and sea at the same time.

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