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Street View Goes to Amazon and Rio Negro Rivers of Northwest Brazil

With Google Street View, soon, you’ll be able to float down the Amazon and Rio Negro Rivers of northwest Brazil and experience some of the most remote and biodiverse areas in the world, informs Karin Tuxen-Bettman, Google Earth Outreach, and Karina Andrade, Google Street View.

Image of the Tumbira community in the Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve

“A few members of Brazil and U.S. Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams are currently in the Amazon rainforest using our Street View technology to capture images of the river, surrounding forests and adjacent river communities.”

“We’ll pedal the Street View trike along the narrow dirt paths of the Amazon villages and maneuver it up close to where civilization meets the rainforest. We’ll also mount it onto a boat to take photographs as the boat floats down the river. The tripod–which is the same system we use to capture imagery of business interiors–will also be used to give you a sense of what it’s like to live and work in places such as an Amazonian community center and school,” the team stated.

The team said that in this first phase of the project, “In partnership with Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon (FAS), we will visit and capture imagery from a 50km section of the Rio Negro River, extending from the Tumbira community near Manaus–the capital of the state of Amazonas–to the Terra Preta community. We’ll then process the imagery of the river and the communities as usual, stitching the still photos into 360-degree panoramics.”

Image of the Tumbira Community

[Source:Lat Long blog]

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