BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The world is a huge and wonderful place. There are so many things to see, so many places worth visiting that you’re most likely not even going to see half of them during your lifetime. Some of them are now more accessible than others, as the Alps’ Mont Blanc is now available on Google Street View.
The team behind Google Street View has been getting some increasingly breathtaking locations to show up on their service.
After partnering up with Queen Rania of Jordan in order to bring the amazing lost ancient city of Petra to Google Maps and Google Street View, the team moved on to more natural landmarks.
The Grand Canyon and the Yosemite National Park were some of the first natural landmarks getting a full street view experience, and now it’s time for the highest mountain peak in Europe to be part of the experience.
You can now just sit back in the comfort of your home, and explore on the most awe inspiring views in the world, with 360 degree pictures of the place.
And you have a number of options on how you choose to view the mountain.
You can either go with go with Google’s default version, in which the view is from the perspective of climbers going up the mountain, or you can opt for a few more views.
These alternate images are from the perspectives of a skier showing off some pretty amazing tricks, from that of a trail runner going at dazzling speeds, and from that of a paraglider going down the mountain.
And as you are probably used to by now, the quality and features offered by Google’s Street View project are nothing short of amazing.
You will be able to sit on your chair and via your computer walk on the Mer de Glace, a world famous river of ice which is reportedly endangered by climate change, as it keeps shrinking.
This brings us to another important part of the project, as according to the lead for Google’s Mont Blanc Street View project, Sandy Russell, the 360 degree pictures also serve as a digital record of the current state Mont Blanc is in, so that future scientists and interested parties can see and compare it to how it looks in their own times.
During the expedition, a local guide serving in the function for decades has said that climbers have had to change their paths multiple times due to the ice collapsing and the glaciers shrinking.
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