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Google Adds The Galapagos Islands To Streetview
May 30th, 2013

Street View Trekker at the Los Humedales on Isabela island. Photo courtesy: Google

Street View Trekker at the Los Humedales on Isabela island. Photo courtesy: Google

Google has announced that it  recently sent hikers to trek the Galapagos Islands with its “Street View Trekker” strapped to their backs. 

The StreetView Trekker is a smaller version of the technology Google uses for to map nearly every street address in the world.   It consists of fifteen lenses seated inside an orb and mounted on a 42-lb aluminum frame backpack, snapping 75-megapixel photos at 2.5 frames per second.

Over the course of 10 days, the Google Team visited ten locations including beaches, forests, the crater of an active volcano and even underwater.

The underwater encounters show sea lions and giant tortoises eating vegetation.  You can see a preview of  a sea lion panorama here.

 Google is currently stitching together and processing the Galapagos photos and they hope to publish them online later this year.

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