See The Amazon Rain Forest With Google’s Street View

08/23/2011 07:01 PM ET

Google “Street View” is headed to the Amazon to map out the world’s largest rain forest for you to see in a partnership with the Sustainable Amazon Foundation.

Google aims to use its Street View technology to raise awareness of the rainforest and its important ecosystems. With the help of local residents on bikes and canoes, Google will map the river system like streets and a few roads through the Amazon.

Although the photography hardware was designed for the urban jungle, the company had already come up with the Street View Trike, cameras mounted on a tricycle, to allow it take pictures at attractions such as London’s Kew Gardens and Stonehenge.

While snapping images of the Amazon and Rio Negro Rivers of northwest Brazil, the software giant plans to employ the Trike on dirt tracks as well as mounting it on the boat as it floats along.

Street View in the Amazon team leader Karin Tuxen-Bettman said in a statement that once all the images are uploaded to the Internet, the local culture and beauty of the Amazon will be available to anyone, anywhere in the world. Soon, anyone with a computer and Internet access will be able to explore the Amazon without having to get all the necessary malaria vaccines in advance. Google and the FAS will not only be busy capturing the natural wonders of the Amazon, but also plan to share images of local communities, as well as getting them involved in the photography process.

“By teaching locals how to operate these tools, they can continue sharing their points of view, culture and ways of life with audiences across the globe,” Google said.

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