THE AMAZON, Brazil (NBC/DIVULGACAO/GOOGLE VIA RTV) — Google is creating Amazon Street View, so people from around the world can get a close-up view of the Amazon jungle in Brazil. Amazon Street View works the same as Google’s Street View. It allows users on Google Maps to navigate through hundreds of miles of Brazil’s Amazon jungle by simply clicking and viewing 360-degree photos. The view traverses more than 310 miles of rivers, lakes and streams — as well as 12 miles of trails through the Amazon.
Google worked with the Sustainable Amazon Foundation, a Brazilian non-governmental organization that aims to promote conservation and sustainable measures in the Amazon. To get the images, the groups used what Google calls the Street View Trekker. It’s a camera system that uses 15 lenses to capture 360-degree images about every 2.5 seconds as it travels through the jungle. The camera was strapped to the backs of hikers as they made their way through the thick forest, snapping pictures along the way.
The system was also mounted in boats that traveled up and down some of the rivers and streams that run through the jungle. To get an even closer look, Google dropped the system down a zip line to capture images from the heights of some of the tallest trees in the area.