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Google goes to Galapagos Islands

Published 23/05/2013

Daniel Orellana of the Charles Darwin Foundation crosses a rocky lava field to collect Street View data (AP/Google)
Daniel Orellana of the Charles Darwin Foundation crosses a rocky lava field to collect Street View data (AP/Google)
Christophe Bailhache navigates an SVII camera through a large group of sea lions during a survey dive at Champion Island in Galapagos (AP/Catlin Seaview Survey)

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.

Google sent hikers to the Galapagos with Street View gear called "trekkers," 42-lbs computer backpacks with large, football-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.

www.galapagos.org/ (Galapagos Conservancy)

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