madagascar

Madagascar is an island off the coast of Southeast Africa, formed around 88 million years ago, its plants and animals forming in relative isolation from the rest of the world. Over 90% of its wildlife is found only on the island – and you can now take a virtual trip there thanks to the latest Street View imagery from Google’s Trekker system … 

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Trekker is a backpack camera system used to capture Street View imagery in places accessible only on foot, and Google lent the system to a number of conservation bodies.

Walking along the avenues of Western Madagascar, you’ll notice a stand of Baobab trees. Against the clear skies, these unusual trees look almost unfinished, with thick trunks and sparse canopies.

For a bird’s-eye view of the island, stand along the edge of the Karambony cliffs. Looking out at the vast, wild landscape, you can see how many different worlds exist on this one island—from the vast mountain peaks to the streaming rivers flowing out into the Indian Ocean.

More details at Google’s LatLong blog.

Other Street View tours added this year include the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa, and “the best of Belgium.”

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