With the new World Wonders Project, that uses Street View technology, Google is enabling academic users to discover 132 historic sites from 18 countries by taking a virtual trip to each iconic site, including Stonehenge, the archaeological areas of Pompeii and the ancient Kyoto temples.
In addition to man-made sites, you can explore natural places: wander the sandy dunes of Australia's Shark Bay or gaze up at the rock domes of Yosemite National Park in California.
"Most could not be filmed by Street View car, so we used camera-carrying trikes to pedal our way close enough. The site also includes 3D models and YouTube videos of the historical places, so you can dig in and get more information and a broader view of each site," explains Melanie Blaschke, Product Marketing Manager, World Wonders Project.
For the project, Google partnered with other organizations, including UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund, Getty Images and Ourplace, who provided official information and photographs for many of the sites.
Google has also made available a selection of educational packages for download to use in the classroom; you can also share the site content with friends.
"Under the auspices of the Google Cultural Institute, we're publishing high resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls, digitizing the archives of famous figures such as Nelson Mandela and presenting thousands of artworks through the Art Project," posted Blaschke.
Find out more about the project on the World Wonders YouTube channel, and start exploring at www.google.com/worldwonders.
Here is the video demonstrating World Wonders Project:
Also, on May 27th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its 75th anniversary.
An American non-profit orgainization Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, announced that "now the American spirit and beauty of the bridge will be available to everyone." "Our new interactive website, Band of Bridges, brings the celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary into everyone's homes," posted Greg Moore, President of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
The website enables visitors to virtually connect bridges from around the world to the Golden Gate, making what we hope will be the longest bridge in history.
With the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics approximating 600,000 bridges in the United States alone. "Using the Google Maps API, users can navigate every corner of the Earth and search for bridges or enter a specific bridge they are already familiar with--maybe even one from their hometown. Each new bridge added will connect to preceding bridges, resulting in spans that stretch hundreds (or thousands) of digital miles," Moore explained.