Google Earth Begins Mapping Amazon Rainforest

Photo: Alex Guerrero (CC)

Photo: Alex Guerrero (CC)

Not sure if ‘street view’ is the right term for it, but Google has begun mapping the Amazon much like it does streets in cities and towns. Via The Australian:

Two women washed clothes in the dark water of the Rio Negro as a boat glided past with a camera-laden Google tricycle strapped to the roof, destined to give the world a window into the Amazon rainforest.

A “trike” typically used to capture street scenes for Google’s free online mapping service launched last Thursday from the village of Tumbira in a first-ever project to let web users virtually explore the world’s largest river, its wildlife and its communities.

The project was the brainchild of Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), which two years ago went to Google Earth with a vision of turning “Street View” into a river view in the lush and precious Amazon Basin.

[Continues at The Australian]

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Oh good! Now they’ll be able to cut it all down ten times faster.

  • Wanooski

    Oh good! Now they’ll be able to cut it all down ten times faster.

  • Archon474

    In other news:  “Amazon Begins Mapping Google Active Directory Forest”

  • Guest

    In other news:  “Amazon Begins Mapping Google Active Directory Forest”

  • Curumim

    It’s ‘swamp view’. After google mess whit others peoples privacies in the cities now its the turn of the animal life to be harrassed.

  • Curumim

    It’s ‘swamp view’. After google mess whit others peoples privacies in the cities now its the turn of the animal life to be harrassed.

  • GrapeSodaWhat

    Yo, if I ever see this “Google” mapin my yard, or my crib. I’m gonna have Mr Wiggles here bite the shit outa that ass. Ain’t nothin or nobody gettin up in here, infringin on me and my weed. I gotta right to protect Myself and my investments. And if you tribal motherfuckas out there in the Amazon don’t want this “Google” mapin your shit… Use some of that jungle on em, u feel me?  

    Peace out. 

  • GrapeSodaWhat

    Yo, if I ever see this “Google” mapin my yard, or my crib. I’m gonna have Mr Wiggles here bite the shit outa that ass. Ain’t nothin or nobody gettin up in here, infringin on me and my weed. I gotta right to protect Myself and my investments. And if you tribal motherfuckas out there in the Amazon don’t want this “Google” mapin your shit… Use some of that jungle on em, u feel me?  

    Peace out. 

  • Loontonne

    ‘that is no ship. That is no forest’
    [GOOGLE hits em] 
    ‘that is no googles. we just imagine the googles because we fear googles’ 

  • Loontonne

    ‘that is no ship. That is no forest’
    [GOOGLE hits em] 
    ‘that is no googles. we just imagine the googles because we fear googles’ 

  • Loontonne

    ‘that is no ship. That is no forest’
    [GOOGLE hits em] 
    ‘that is no googles. we just imagine the googles because we fear googles’ 

  • Loontonne

    ‘that is no ship. That is no forest’
    [GOOGLE hits em] 
    ‘that is no googles. we just imagine the googles because we fear googles’ 

  • Loontonne

    ‘that is no ship. That is no forest’
    [GOOGLE hits em] 
    ‘that is no googles. we just imagine the googles because we fear googles’ 

  • Loontonne

    ‘that is no ship. That is no forest’
    [GOOGLE hits em] 
    ‘that is no googles. we just imagine the googles because we fear googles’ 

  • Loontonne

    ‘that is no ship. That is no forest’
    [GOOGLE hits em] 
    ‘that is no googles. we just imagine the googles because we fear googles’ 

  • Loontonne

    ‘that is no ship. That is no forest’
    [GOOGLE hits em] 
    ‘that is no googles. we just imagine the googles because we fear googles’ 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbie-Jean-Pentecost/100000391760333 Bobbie Jean Pentecost

    …..while it’s still there. 

  • bobbiethejean

    …..while it’s still there. 

  • Loontonne

    another breathtaking adventure into the heart of darkness. just imaging teh imagination. 

  • Loontonne

    another breathtaking adventure into the heart of darkness. just imaging teh imagination. 

  • http://twitter.com/GehennaLion P.M.W.Norton

    It’s just like swimming the Amazon! Minus the Candiru, Malaria, or Cannibals!

  • http://twitter.com/GehennaLion P.M.W.Norton

    It’s just like swimming the Amazon! Minus the Candiru, Malaria, or Cannibals!

  • Jasonio

    So in 5 years time we’ll still think parts of it still exist when in reality it will have been raised to the ground to create palm oil plantations.

  • Jasonio

    So in 5 years time we’ll still think parts of it still exist when in reality it will have been raised to the ground to create palm oil plantations.