Street View Madagascar Set foot on the world’s

Street View Madagascar Set foot on the world’s oldest island with Street View Street View Madagascar May 7, 2015.

For almost 88 million years. The island of Madagascar has stood off the coast of Southeast Africa. From the tropical humid and dry forests of the interior. Home to ring-tailed lemurs.  Street View Madagascar To the mangrove ecosystems along the coast. Now for the first time, through our Trekker Loan partnership with conservation organization Blue Ventures and the Department of Water and Forests. Trekker Loan. Tropical humid and dry forests.

Walking along the avenues of Western Madagascar, you’ll notice a stand of Baobab trees. Against the clear skies. These unusual trees look almost unfinished, with thick trunks and sparse canopies. Street View Madagascar. Avenue of Baobabs in Madagascar. Baobab trees.

Avenue, of Baobabs in Madagascar.

For a bird’s-eye view of the island, stand along the edge of the Karambony cliffs. Looking out at the vast, wild landscape, you can see how many different worlds exist on this one island.—from the vast mountain peaks to the streaming rivers flowing out into the Indian Ocean. The cliffs of Karambony.

The cliffs of Karambony. 456eb-street2bview2bphilippines2bscreen2bshot2b2015-09-152bat2b1-29-492bpmAnd animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant. You While much of the plant. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. You While much of the plant and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant. And animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. Mangrove ecosystems along the North Coast. Barren Isles. Blue Ventures. You While much of the plant. and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. The cliffs of Karambony. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. You While much of the plant. You While much of the plant and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant.Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant.And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. The cliffs of Karambony.
Mangrove ecosystems along the North Coast And if this Street View tour has inspired you to set foot on the the world’s oldest island in person. Take a peek at Camp Catta adventure resort. Where it seems paradise awaits you beneath the rainbow.Street View Madagascar Set foot on the world’s oldest island with Street View. Posted by Alex Starns. Street View Technical Program Manager. earthtopomaps.com                                                                                 The cliffs of Karambony. And animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant. You While much of the plant. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. You While much of the plant and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant. And animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. Mangrove ecosystems along the North Coast. Barren Isles. Blue Ventures. You While much of the plant. and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. The cliffs of Karambony. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. You While much of the plant. You While much of the plant and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries. And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant.Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. You While much of the plant.And the country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources Madagascar through a Blue Ventures expedition. The cliffs of Karambony. earthtopomaps.com

Vertical Street View of the world’s most iconic rock wall

Vertical Street View of the world’s most iconic rock wall: Yosemite’s El Capitan. earthtopomaps.com

Vertical Street View June 24, 2015

Today we’re launching our first-ever vertical Street View collection. Giving you the opportunity to climb 3,000 feet up the world’s most famous rock wall: Yosemite’s El Capitan. Vertical Street View To bring you this new imagery, we partnered with legendary climbers Lynn Hill. Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell. Read more about the project from Tommy Caldwell, who completed the world’s hardest climb in Yosemite in January of 2015. -Ed.

“That is awesome. I definitely have to be a part of that.”.

Maybe it was the sheer exhaustion from being in the middle of a 19-day climb of the Dawn Wall. But when the guys at Google Maps and Yosemite National Parkasked if I wanted to help them with their first-ever vertical Street View collection of El Capitan in Yosemite. I didn’t hesitate. Yosemite has been such an important part of my life that telling the story of El Capitan through Street View was right up my alley—especially when it meant working with the Google engineers to figure out some absurd challenges.

Climbing is all about flirting with the impossible and pushing the boundaries of what you think you can be done. Capturing Street View imagery 3,000 feet up El Capitan proved to be an extension of that, especially when you take a camera meant for the inside of a restaurant and mount it thousands of feet up the world’s most iconic rock wall.
Brett Lowell and Corey Rich capturing Street View of Alex Honnold on the King Swing.
Doing anything thousands of feet high on a sheer granite face is complicated. But everyone up there had spent years of their lives on a rope and knew exactly what they were doing. After some testing. We used our tried-and-true climbing gear like cams and ropes to make sure the camera wouldn’t fall to the ground in the middle of our Street View collection.

Once we figured out how to keep the camera on El Cap, we created two sets of vertical Street View.

Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell camp out 1,140 feet up El Capitan.
Lynn Hill’s ascent of El Capitan changed the paradigm of climbing. And she had an extraordinary effect on my climbing career. I’ll never forget when she became the first person. Man or woman, to free-climb (using only her hands and feet)“The Nose” back in 1993. Now, you can see her navigate these epic moves.— like climbing sideways on tiny holds of the Jardine Traverse, inventing a “Houdini” maneuver on the Changing Corners and traversing under the Great Roof. Vertical Street View.
Lynn’s epic ascent up El Cap is now in Street View.
Any story of El Capitan had to include my good friend Alex Honnold. He holds the speed record for climbing the Nose at 2 hours. And 23 minutes – most people take 3-5 days. His unwavering confidence in himself is contagious; when. I’m with him, I feel like the mountain has shrunk to half its size. As you make your way around Yosemite in Street View, you’ll see Alex doing what he does best:. chimneying up the “Texas Flake.” racing up the bolt ladder. Or getting dinner ready in the solar-powered van he calls home. earthtopomaps.com
Just a normal day on on the Texas Flake for Alex Honnold.
You’ll also see a glimpse of yours truly on the Dawn Wall. I spent some of my rest days during my January climb of the Dawn Wall testing out the Street View technology the Google team had sent me that month. El Cap is an intimidating environment for experimentation. But years of setting ropes proved pretty helpful in figuring out how to get the equipment rigged and ready to collect Street View. earthtopomaps.com
Tommy Caldwell climbing the sheer face of the Dawn Wall.
Then, we really put Alex to work to collect the second set of Street View: the entire vertical route of “The Nose” on El Capitan. One of the few people that could do this efficiently and quickly. Alex took the camera and pretty much ran 3,000 feet up with photographer partner Brett Lowell. Now, anyone can get the beta (climbing speak for insider advice) before they climb the entire route. Vertical Street View.
Alex Honnold and Brett Lowell climbed 3,000 feet to get the entire route in Google Maps.
Lynn, Alex and I also helped create a new Yosemite Treks page. Where you can take a tour up El Cap and learn more about climbing, from what a “hand jam” is to why we wear such tiny shoes. And as a father. I’m excited kids will learn more about. Yosemite when Google brings students to the park through NatureBridge later this year as a part of this project. Plus, its pretty awesome that students who can’t make it to Yosemite yet will be go on a virtual reality field trip to the Park with Google Expeditions.
Hear the legendary Lynn Hill explain describe the gear she uses as she starts up El Cap. earthtopomaps.com

Yosemite’s driven so much of my life that I’m excited to be able to share it with the world through my eyes. These 360-degree panoramic images are the closest thing I’ve ever witnessed to actually being thousands of feet up a vertical rock face.—better than any video or photo. But my hope is that this new imagery will inspire you to get out there and see Yosemite for yourself… whether you travel up a rock wall or just down the trail.

Tommy Caldwell, Lynn Hill, and Alex Honnold hanging out in Yosemite

Google Earth Voyager turns 10 today

Google Earth Voyager turns 10 today

Google Earth Voyager June 29, 2015

When Google Earth was first introduced 10 years ago. It immediately stole my heart. Beyond the freedom to fly anywhere in the world. I was captivated by the ability to paint and visualize geographic data on this incredible global canvas. Google Earth Voyager. earthtopomaps.com

Drawn to datasets backed by real human stories. I started making my own maps with KML a few weeks after Earth’s release in 2005. For my master’s degree. I used Google Earth to build a virtual representation of a high-tech biologicalresearch reserve. Vint Cerf saw my work, which eventually led to a job on theGoogle Earth Outreach team. Turning my passion for telling stories with maps into a career. Google Earth Voyager.

2005 was the beginning of Google Earth’s evolution. As well. In August of that year. Hurricane Katrina showed us how useful mapping tools like Earth could be for crisis response efforts. Rescue workers compared before and after Satellite imagery in Google Earth to better locate where people were stranded. And in the years after. With more than 2 billion downloads by people in nearly every country in the world. Earth has enabled people to discover new coral reefs. Journey to theMoon and into deep space, find long-lost parents. Clear landmines and much more.

 Google Earth Voyager.

Google Earth images of Gulfport. Mississippi’s shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina

The ability to empower groups as diverse as school children and NASA scientiststo learn more about the world is what I love about Google Earth. It has the potential to make the planet a far more connected place. If you take the time to explore. Discover and share what you learn. So to celebrate how far Google Earth has come and our leap into the next 10 years. We’ve created a few new ways to help you better see places from around (and above) the most interesting imagery around the globe with a new layer. Voyager, available in desktop versions of Google Earth.

Different imagery types in Voyager are shown by color

In this first edition of Voyager, you’ll find five sections to explore:

  • Street View: highlights from Street View, including the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon
  • Earth View: striking landscapes around the globe as seen from space (more below)
  • 3D cities: a showcase of cities and towns available in photorealistic 3D (don’t forget to tilt!)
  • Satellite imagery updates: a map of our most recently published satellite imagery
  • Highlight tour: with thousands of Voyager locations to choose from, take a quick tour of a few to whet your appetite earthtopomaps.com
The Kemgon Gompa—available in the Street View layer—is a Buddhist monastery in Lukla, Nepal

Earth View
Looking at our planet from above is not only a reminder of how interdependent our human and natural ecosystems are—it also lays bare the Earth’s staggering and often surreal beauty.

The Hammar Marshes of Iran are an uncharacteristic yet beautiful wetland feature in the otherwise arid climate

Earth View is library of some of the most striking and enigmatic landscapes available in Google Earth. It started as a 20 percent project last year by a few Googlers who enjoyed scouring satellite imagery for these gems. These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper. earthtopomaps.com

Islands surrounding Cuba seen in the Earth View Chrome Extension

For Earth’s 10th birthday, we’re expanding the Earth View collection to 1,500 landscapes from every continent and ocean and making it accessible to even more people. The new imagery is available with an updated version of ourChrome extension and a new web gallery. Download high-resolution wallpapers for your mobile and desktop devices, or better yet, print them up for your walls!

The coastline near Ningaloo, Australia in the new Earth View web gallery

Thank you for the last 10 years exploring your world with Google Earth. We hopeVoyager and Earth View will unlock a new perspective on our planet. We look forward to seeing what the next decade brings!

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