Monday, October 4, 2010

Google Invades the Antarctic

Big (and mildly dorky) news broke last week for Antarctica. Google maps and street view has gone live for the Antarctica, giving Google a presence in all seven countries. Given all the uproar about privacy and worries of anybody being able to see into people’s respective houses one has to wonder how the penguins may feel about this possible invasion of their privacy. Just kidding of course.

In all seriousness though, this will be a great means for people to get a more intimate and interactive experience with Antarctica than ever before. This could allow the area to be seen by the masses as far more than just a fabled distant pile of snow with penguins roaming around. The imagery for Antarctica includes panoramas of a small area called Half Moon Island, but there are a few photos from other parts of the continent that Google users have already contributed.

Also, as a cute addition, just for Antarctica, google has replaced the little human figure at the bottom right corner with a little penguin.

For a little taste of this latest google feature, click here.

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