Google Inc (GOOG) Adds Antarctica to Its Growing List of Street View Destinations

  on Jul 18,2012 Posted in International ,Technology
 
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The expeditions of the early twentieth century were trying to reach the Antarctic continent’s central point through effort, determination and hardship, on the contrary to the experience offered by Google Street View.

As part of its World Wonders project, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has added a new location to its Street View vault, which is both unusual and fascinating: Antarctica. It features panoramic images of Scott’s and Shackleton’s huts built in the early 20th century, Cape Royds Adélie Penguin Rookery, and the Ceremonial South Pole. The Mountain View company offers a virtual tour of these places.

Launched last June, the World Wonders Project is intended to offer virtual tours of cultural and historical places all around the world. So far it has 132 sites to explore and Google Inc (GOOG) seems to be expanding the list of places with little unexpected but wondrous places like the ancient temples of Kyoto and Fort Apache in the US.

Scott’s Hut is a place that many will discover for the first time. It is indeed a historic site preserved by Antarctica’s cold. It is located on Ross Island on the Southern Ocean and was built by members of the Terra Nova expedition of Robert Falcon Scott in 1911 and used until their departure in 1913.

In fact, it is a journey of 100 years into the past that Google Inc now offers through its Street View technology.

For the daunting task of recapturing Antarctica’s natural beauty in its purest form, Google had the cooperation of Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the Antarctic Heritage Trust of New Zealand. The World Wonder project team has used the same camera for taking images of the glorious North that is uses when taking photos inside buildings, except this time they used a tripod!

 
 

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