The Web giant Google has launched the updated version of its Street View. The feature which was first made available in 2007 now includes images of South America and Antarctica too. Though the coverage is currently limited Brazil, Ireland and Antarctica, for the time being, it is the first time such images have been available of every continent on the planet.
Google’s Brian McClendon, vice-president of engineering the company’s Earth and Map division, has been quoted as saying that the Street View is an essential educational tool. It is believed that Google hopes this new imagery will help people in Ireland, Brazil, and Antarctica to navigate nearby, as well as enable people around the world to learn more about these areas.
But still, the rapidly melting glaciers and a bleak outlook for penguins resulting from climate change, threaten to change the picture of Antarctica.