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Google Used a Camel to Create Stunning Liwa Desert Street View

by Todd Haselton | October 8, 2014October 8, 2014 7:30 am PDT

Google knows no boundaries when it comes to mapping the world. The company’s cars can be spotted driving down rural and urban streets creating new imagery for Google Maps Street View, while it has also mapped remote areas using its Trekker backpacks, which are strapped on hiker’s backs. But what about massive expanses of deserts? Google knew exactly how to tackle that, too: with a camel.

The company recently mapped the Liwa Desert in the United Arab Emirates, which Google said is one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. Normally, without quick access to the remote area, we’d have to take the company’s word for that kind of statement, but now we can actually see the desert for ourselves. And there’s some fascinating stuff to see. Google said the sand hills can tower as high as 25-40 meters (up to 131 feet). You’ll also be able to check out the Liwa Oasis. “Many people across the UAE can trace their origins to the first tribes that settled there and established the region as a trade center, ” Google said.

The whole mapping process involved a camel with a Trekker backpack strapped to it. Why not use a dune buggy? Google said it didn’t want to disturb the pristine environment. It’s a pretty amazing tour, be sure to check it out.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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