Google Maps Street View Adds Panoramic Imagery of Antarctic

Google in September 2010, launched the first Street View imagery of the Antarctic, enabling people from more habitable lands to see penguins in Antarctica for the first time. Today, the company brings additional panoramic imagery of historic Antarctic locations to its Street View. This new imagery was collected with a lightweight tripod camera with a […]

Google Maps Street View adds Panoramic imagery of Antarctica

Google in September 2010, launched the first Street View imagery of the Antarctic, enabling people from more habitable lands to see penguins in Antarctica for the first time. Today, the company brings additional panoramic imagery of historic Antarctic locations to its Street View.

This new imagery was collected with a lightweight tripod camera with a fisheye lens--equipment typically used to capture business interiors through the Business Photos program.

"With the help of the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, we've added 360-imagery of many important spots, inside and out, such as the South Pole Telescope, Shackleton's hut, Scott's hut, Cape Royds Adélie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole," Google posted.

"With this technology, you can go inside places like Shackleton's Hut (see the embed below) and the other small wooden buildings that served as bases from which the explorers launched their expeditions," Google informs.

"They were built to withstand the drastic weather conditions only for the few short years that the explorers inhabited them, but remarkably, after more than a century, the structures are still intact, along with well-preserved examples of the food, medicine, survival gear and equipment used during the expeditions. Now anyone can explore these huts and get insight into how these men lived for months at a time."

Google says, they'll be posting this special collection to its World Wonders site, to help people learn more about the history of South Pole exploration.

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