Google Maps Brings the Galapagos to Your Urban Aquarium

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-09-20

Step into Charles Darwin's shoes from the comfort of your own computer and your own urban sanctuary. Sponsored by Google, Darwin for a Day is a Web app that allows you to explore the Galapagos Islands through Google Street View and document its unique plants and animals. When users see an animal or plant they'd like to catalog, they can describe it by creating an observation. Users can just enter their best guess at what it is (i.e., "bird") or enter in the scientific name, if they know it. Their observations will be shared with the iNaturalist community and the Charles Darwin Foundation, and will contribute to research of the Galapagos Islands. "The Charles Darwin Foundation is not only the archipelago's oldest private scientific research organization, it is also an institution that I believe the islands could not live without. There are manifold challenges endangering the biodiversity and environment of the Galapagos, and additionally the social challenge of having to achieve the "Buen Vivir" [good living] for local communities," CDF Executive Director Swen Lorenz said in a statement. Flip through views of the Galapagos from Google Maps.


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