Google Maps Add Panoramic Images of Antarctica

Jul 18, 2012 04:32 PM EDT | Staff Reporter


Google Tuesday announced the addition of the mysterious Antarctic panoramic images of its Google Maps Street View. This additional 360-degree panoramic images covered historic Antarctic places like South Pole Telescope, the Ceremonial South Pole, Scott’s hut, Shakleton’s hut, and Cape Royde Adélie Penguin Rookery.

The search giant was able to accomplish this with the help of University of Minnesota, Polar Geospatial Center, and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. Instead of using Google’s Street View Cars in most part of the world for its data capture, the tech giant captured all the imagery of this ice land by a lightweight tripod camera with a fisheye lens.

Google hopes to help travel, science, or even penguin enthusiasts from any part of the world to get “accurate, high-resolution data” of this hard-reached land through this project.

“With this access, schoolchildren as far as Bangalore can count penguin colonies on Snow Hill Island, and geologists in Georgia can trace sedimentary layers in the Dry Valleys from the comfort of their desks,” said Google program manager Alex Starns.

Google released imagery of Antarctica since September 2010 on its Street View, but just with limited photos. While the data may still be limited compared to other five continents even with the new additions, this is another step up from the IT-giant.

Until now, Google Maps users were able to see panoramic images of Asian, European, North American, South American, Australian, and this newly added Antarctica. Africa is the only continent not available for Google Street View.

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