If you have not seen Google’s Streetview Gallery from Google Maps yet, you are in for an awesome experience. Google has opened up new windows exposing views from around the country with 3-d images to tour the area via a ringside seat (namely your computer chair). The latest gallery they have added is a tour of the Amazon jungle, river and surrounding communities to commemorate World Forest day today. With a simple click of your mouse on each image, you can move into the image any direction you choose, just as if you were exploring the actual territory.
On their blog, Lat Long, Google explains how the images were captured.
We used the Street View trike and a tripod camera with a fisheye lens—typically used to capture imagery of business interiors—to capture both the natural landscape and the local communities. In all, more than 50,000 still photos were stitched together to create these immersive, 360-degree panoramic views.
Technology is astounding. In honor of World Forest Day, do yourself a favor and go explore some of the beautiful imagery that Google has worked hard to share with us. It is not a far reach from actually being there to appreciate it in person.