Google to add Galapagos Islands to Street View

Published May 23, 2013 10:10 am
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SAN FRANCISCO • Few have explored the remote volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago, an otherworldly landscape inhabited by the world's largest tortoises and other fantastical creatures that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Soon it will take only the click of a mouse or finger swipe on a tablet to explore some of the Galapagos Islands' most remote areas, surrounding waters and unique creatures.

Mountain View, Calif.,-based Google sent hikers to the Galapagos with Street View gear called "trekkers," 42-pound computer backpacks with large, soccer ball-like cameras mounted on a tower.

Crews from The Caitlin Seaview Survey worked with Google to capture 360-degree views of selected underwater areas too.

Google is processing the footage and is trying to stitch it together. It hopes to post it to Street View later this year.

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