Megan and Jaymi have written about Google Street View's Trekker system a few times in the past year. To get a better idea of how it works and what Google is doing with it, you should check out their posts:
- Google Street View coming to Hawaiian hiking trails
- Google Street View Now Covers Grand Canyon Hiking Trails
- Google Bringing Street View to Hiking Trails
This is just a quick follow-up to let you know that if you think you could do a good job of capturing images of a special corner of the planet for Google, you can apply here to borrow the Trekker backpack.Be warned, though: The Trekker weighs 42 lbs, so it's not for weaklings (especially if you are going in a remote area and need to carry a lot of extra food, water, clothes, and survival gear to be safe -- the pounds add up quickly!).
This initiative might not seem like such a big deal, but I think that the more accessible images of nature are, the more environmentally aware people will be (or at least, more than if they had never seen those images). Nothing can replace going out there in the world, but seeing photos and videos is probably the next best thing. I know that personally, as a kid, I was tremendously influenced by nature books and documentaries.
Update: Someone apparently even skied down Whistler Blackcomb with a Streetview backpack!
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