Google Maps will once again pay a visit to the Galapagos Islands.
The web mapping service is collaborating for a second time with the Charles Darwin Foundation and the University of Cuenca, Ecuador, in order to collect 360-degree images of the islands. This is Google’s second time in the Galapagos: a Google Maps team visited the islands in 2013 to test the Google Maps’ Street View technology. The resulting images were launched in January 2014.
This year’s visit will see images collected from a number of islands including Santa Cruz, Isabela, Floreana, Española, Pinzón and Seymour. The team will also return to some of the sites that were visited in 2013 so that the new and original images can be compared in order to monitor the impact of recent restoration programs.
Galapagos National Park Director Arturo Izurieta explained that the purpose of the visit is to allow “users to completely understand Galapagos life, whilst raising awareness of the fragility of ecosystems and the constant work we are doing in order to preserve them.”