The technology giant has taken it upon itself to make virtual travelling not stop at cities as Google Street View climbs up in the Alps, of all places. This is an initiative that has started a fairly long time ago as nowadays the platform offers you the chance to virtually visit an amazing amount of places from around the globe. Sure, it may not be the same as being there physically, but not everyone can hope to climb Mount Blanc now, can they?
Indeed, Mount Blanc appears to be the last of the insanely amazing mappings of Google Street View. An entire team of climbers, skiers, runners and mountaineers worked together with Google in order to capture the entire mountain from various perspectives, including a 360 degree view from the summit of the highest mountain of the Alps. You can now view the beauty and majesty of the peak and everything surrounding it from an altitude of 4,809 meters above sea level.
But the Mont Blanc experience doesn’t stop at just that. Anyone visiting the site from Google Street View can climb up all the way to the summit along with Kilian Jornet – the person who holds the record of fastest climb – or join the ice climbers on the steep facets of the mountain. Even more so, you can take it up a notch and sail the snowy plains along skiers as they make the entire run back to the base.
The Google Street View of Mont Blanc even takes you to some areas that not even physical visitors can always see, such as some of the glaciers up there. Places such as Mer de Glace are currently slowly receding due to climate change – hence the occasional temporary unavailability.
It would appear that Google’s Street View efforts are appreciated by more than just willing visitors. Scientists consider that such a grand scale mapping can serve as extremely accurate records of the state of affairs today. Researchers in the future can look back on the recordings and images taken at sites like Mer de Glace and observe how the climate change made the site morph as well.
And that is the case with most, if not all of the sites Google Street View attempts to capture into their platform. Whereas a few years ago all you could do was enjoy a stroll down Champ Elysees or try to see what it would be like to be walking amongst skyscrapers in the heart of New York, while most other locations only had mappings of their capitals alone, things fare a lot differently now.
Google has gathered an amazingly large collection of attraction sites around the world, all the way from the Belcher Islands in Canada, to the Obelisk Tomb in Jordan and the remote temples in Nepal. Many of the sites captured with the help of Google Street View are natural landmarks that are subjected to dangers and may not exist anymore in a few years’ time. Or at least not in the way they are nowadays.
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