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March 21, 2012 3:38 PM   Subscribe

Google now has street view of the Amazon basin.
posted by special-k (32 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
I can see Percy Fawcett's house from here!
posted by Artw at 3:40 PM on March 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


I have no idea how they got their cars in the forest, or why.
posted by perhapses at 3:41 PM on March 21, 2012


Well, it kind of looks like they never get off the boat.
posted by Artw at 3:42 PM on March 21, 2012


I just ran into an owl here.
posted by special-k at 3:45 PM on March 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


Oh, they used the Street View Trike because that guy can peddle so fast he just skims over the top of the water.
posted by perhapses at 3:46 PM on March 21, 2012


Kind of reminds me of playing Myst actually.
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:48 PM on March 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


I just ran into an owl here.

That must have hurt! ba-dum-da

Sadly, I see no owl. Maybe you scared it off.
posted by rtha at 3:52 PM on March 21, 2012


Holy cow! Amazonian owl hiding behind a tree! Squeee!


(This is pretty freakin' cool.)
posted by darkstar at 3:57 PM on March 21, 2012


rtha: screenshot. He's hiding behind a tree.

Yes, my head is all ouchy
posted by special-k at 4:00 PM on March 21, 2012


The reddish thing is an owl?

(They have sharp talons - wear a helmet when you go flying around in owl country!)

(Yes, apparently I suck as a birder.)
posted by rtha at 4:04 PM on March 21, 2012


I think this just halved the budget for Anaconda 5.
posted by brundlefly at 4:05 PM on March 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


Anaconda 5: Showdown with the LOST smoke monster.
posted by special-k at 4:11 PM on March 21, 2012


"street view"?
We took a boat to the land of dreams
Heaven on earth...they call it basin street
posted by milnak at 4:22 PM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well, it kind of looks like they never get off the boat.

Absolutely goddamn right. Unless you're going all the way.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:27 PM on March 21, 2012 [9 favorites]


No La Boiuna?

I kid.
posted by Malice at 4:30 PM on March 21, 2012


Probably too late to save The River.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:30 PM on March 21, 2012


I never knew owls came in red. If any creature deserves to have a snazzy red outfit to complement its austere personality, it's an owl.
posted by Gator at 4:40 PM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ooh, I always wanted to go there, and now I can do it without machetes and mosquito nets.
posted by desjardins at 4:41 PM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


I happen to know that Owl and I'm disgusted that Google didn't at least blur his face. How would you like it if someone broke into your house, took a bunch of photos of you NAKED and canoed off?? Jerks.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 4:47 PM on March 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is a neat thing. Yay, Google!

Less neat: Blogspot.com apparently does geographical redirecting now. Yet another "helpful" "feature." Boo, Google. Boo.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:56 PM on March 21, 2012


Yeah, the idea of a bunch of strangers using my picture as canoe-off material is a bit disconcerting.
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:05 PM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Street View still thinks I live in a barren field, went to school at an abandoned warehouse and work in a culvert. I don't, but I still think it would be kind of cool to be a small time professional troll.
posted by byanyothername at 5:10 PM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


OK now do the Chilean Canals.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 5:50 PM on March 21, 2012


I dont think that looks like an owl.
how about a Red Uakari monkey?
posted by quazichimp at 6:06 PM on March 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


This overwhelmingly reminds me of the (many) hours I spent playing The Amazon Trail. I'm pretty sure I never actually beat that game...
posted by mstokes650 at 6:20 PM on March 21, 2012


It looks like the algorithm they use when you zoom between one spot and the next really expects some sort of orthogonal flat street meets flat walls at 90ยบ. Not really working for the fractal landscape of the jungle.
posted by signal at 6:48 PM on March 21, 2012


Almost definitely a uakari - that's pretty amazing!
posted by ChuraChura at 8:28 PM on March 21, 2012


Is there a search term that'll land you there, or do you pretty much have to enter the long/lat coords?

There *must* be higher quality source pics. I'd give google subscription money for higher resolution maps/Earth.
posted by porpoise at 8:55 PM on March 21, 2012


It's so freaking beautiful on the river in the forest; I do so want to go back. Sleeping in a hammock and rocking with the waves; leaping out to pull down the rain-curtains when the thunderstorm hurls torrents; hearing the birds and the monkeys and the insects; it was all a wonderland.

The Rio Negro is the color of tea, peaty brown and soft to swim in, and thanks to the pH it's almost mosquito-free.

Thank you for posting this, and thanks to the Goog for doing it! If only it didn't make me so nostalgic.
posted by anadem at 9:30 PM on March 21, 2012


This overwhelmingly reminds me of the (many) hours I spent playing The Amazon Trail. ...
posted by mstokes650


Man, there was an Amazon Trail game too? How did I miss this?

My favorite was always the Yukon Trail game. I honestly think it factored significantly into my decision to become a geologist. And also my desire to hike the Yukon trail. And my multiple trips to the Klondike gold rush museum in Seattle which I cannot recommend enough.

Also more on topic, this post is amazing. Thanks.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 10:01 PM on March 21, 2012


Nature Valley Trail View granola blue
posted by hortense at 4:33 AM on March 22, 2012


Google Streetview boat hits frog. That is all.
posted by tom_r at 10:23 PM on March 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


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