Google Street View Takes On the Wild Colorado River

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-03-21

Google Street View released spectacular images of the Colorado River and its travails through the Grand Canyon and other natural land on its 1,450-mile course from Colorado to Mexico. The images, revealed March 13 in a guest post on the Google Lat Long Blog, were collected using Google's Trekker backpack-mounted cameras, which capture panoramic 360-degree color images. The photos, including the 12 highlighted in this slide show, depict some beautiful sights visible to visitors along the Colorado River—from whitewater rapids to archeological sites. Chris Williams, senior vice president of conservation with the environmental group American Rivers, wrote the blog post describing the Street View project. "For 6 million years, the Colorado River has flowed through the heart of the desert southwest, its waters slowly carving out a canyon so vast it can be seen from space—yet so remote it didn't appear on early maps of the region," he wrote. American Rivers staff members helped capture the images during an eight-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon last summer, as well as through five side hikes along the canyon. Peruse the other amazing Colorado River images on Google Street View.


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