Google Street Views Shows You Antarctica


If you’ve always wanted to be an explorer, but either don’t have the stomach or the money to do so, now is your chance.  Google Street View has created a way for you to tap into the huts used by two Antarctic explorers, Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott.  The amazing panoramic was captured by a lightweight tripod camera that has a fisheye lens.

The story goes that, in the harsh winter of 1913, a British newspaper ran an advertisement that shouldn’t have appealed to any sane person.  Promoting the latest expedition to Antarctica, the advertisement said,

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.”

Now, preserved because of the extreme cold to look almost exactly as they looked a hundred years ago, the huts used by these gutsy explorers are on display. Google Street View blog has a 360-degree, 3D version of these huts for all to admire.

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As Laurian Clemence of Google explained, “Today we’re bringing you additional panoramic imagery of historic Antarctic locations that you can view from the comfort of your homes. We’ll be posting this special collection to our World Wonders site, where you can learn more about the history of South Pole exploration.”

Adding more details, Clemence said,

“With the help of the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, we’ve now expanded our 360-degree imagery of the continent and are making views of many other important spots, such as the South Pole Telescope, Shackleton’s hut, Scott’s hut and the Cape Royds Adélie Penguin Rookery, available to people around the world.”