Google Maps Brings the Galapagos to Your Urban Aquarium

1 - Google Maps Brings the Galapagos to Your Urban Aquarium
2 - A New World Under the Sea
3 - Going to School in the Galapagos
4 - Careful Where You Step
5 - Sleeping Wildlife on the Trail
6 - Sea Lions Doing Their Thing
7 - A Camera-Shy Iguana
8 - People Live Here, Too, You Know
9 - Clownfish Has No Time for Laughs
10 - Take a Ride Into Paradise
11 - Yes, This Is Another School of Fish
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Google Maps Brings the Galapagos to Your Urban Aquarium

by Nathan Eddy

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A New World Under the Sea

Exploring Galapagos, a well-preserved tropical archipelago, is a dream for many, and a reality for a few.

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Going to School in the Galapagos

The Galapagos' 360-degree images on Google Maps are the result of a joint project between the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), Google Maps, Catlin Seaview Survey and the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD).

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Careful Where You Step

It is now accessible without long and expensive trips or heavy baggage, thanks to the worldwide launch of 360-degree images from the Google Maps Street View platform.

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Sleeping Wildlife on the Trail

Unlike other panoramic photographs, the panoramic images on Google Maps enable virtual visitors to explore a place in its entirety.

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Sea Lions Doing Their Thing

The photographs of various land and underwater sites in the islands, taken with special cameras in May 2013, are finally ready for virtual explorers after being processed by Google.

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A Camera-Shy Iguana

The project aims to use images, not only for exploration and education purposes, but for scientific research and the management of protected areas in the islands.

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People Live Here, Too, You Know

Comments will be shared with the community of iNaturalist and the CDF, contributing to further research of the Galapagos Islands.

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Clownfish Has No Time for Laughs

Once the launch of the images has finished, it is important to remember that this is not the end of the project, but only an initial step, Google reminds us.

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Take a Ride Into Paradise

Once you open an image, you can turn around within the image and even do full turns (hence the term "360 degrees"), zoom to specific objects, move in any direction, look up or down, and—in some cases—even enter certain places along the way.

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Yes, This Is Another School of Fish

In order to explore the Galapagos images as well as those from any other place, you only need to visit the Google Maps Website and indicate the location of the specific place of interest.

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