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WASHINGTON — Google Maps is famous for its Street View option, where viewers can take a real-life look at the streets and parks that Google Maps has mapped out. According to the Associated Press, a team of Street View employees made their way to a famous island chain in the southern hemisphere.

galapagos islandsThe newest addition? The remote volcanic Galapagos Islands, made famous by evolutionist Charles Darwin.

Google sent a team of hikers equipped with Street View equipment went around the islands with special guides. How did they capture the images? Through cameras in orb shapes mounted on towers, each orb with 15 cameras to capture a panoramic view of the surroundings. They were also able to map out some underwater areas too, with the help of the Catlin Seaview Survey group.

Google is planning to add it later this year as they continue to edit and process the important footage. The hiking expedition took 10 days.

One of the guides, Daniel Orellana, is actually a scientist with the Charles Darwin Foundation and hopes that this project will be used as an education tool. Orellana said that “We can use this as an education experience for children, and there is a huge opportunity for rare discoveries.”

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