You may have not been there, but The Galapagos Islands are known around the world as being some of the most unique, precious islands on the planet. From a biological standpoint, you'll find ecosystems here that you won't find anywhere else, and in fact, it's becoming a bit more difficult for average folks to visit because of efforts that are ongoing to protect those very ecosystems. The Ecuadorean Government, local conservation groups and scientists are working to protect the Galapagos from threats posed by invasive species, climate change and other human impacts.
So, what to do? Get Google out there to capture everything right now, so that images can be shared with the world at large. Google announced this week, n partnership with Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galapagos National Parks Directorate (GNPD), that is has collected panoramic imagery of the islands with the Street View Trekker
. These stunning images will be available on Google Maps later this year so people around the world can experience this remote archipelago.
took a 10-day trek to the islands to capture 360-degree images of the unique wildlife and geological features of the islands with the Trekker. 10 locations were picked, and those 10 were pored over using body-mounted cameras. Even underwater ecosystems were captured. Google's now putting the collection together, and should be ready to introduce it to the world in short order. What would we do without the Internet to educate?