Tired of the same old view?
Google Street View is constantly expanding. Recently they’ve sent their teams to locations such as the Amazon forest and Mount Everest, so that you can explore these amazing places from the comfort of your home. Here are five places to check out.
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha is made up of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, 354 km offshore from the Brazilian coast. The islands got their name from the Portuguese merchant Fernao de Loronha. The main island has an area of 7.1 sq miles and has a population estimated at 2,782. It has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its importance to its environment.
This Buddhist monastery is located in Phortse, a farming village in Nepal. The area came under the influence of Buddhism over 300 years ago. Situated at 3,867 metres (12,687ft), it was built in 1916. After it was destroyed by an earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1934.
The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are a natural light display in the sky. They can be seen in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Auroras take many visual forms, the most distinct being the curtain-like arcs. They eventually break into separate arcs or rapidly change and can fill the whole sky. The northern lights have had a number of names throughout history. The native Americans and native Canadians called them, “The Dance of the Spirits”; while, in Medieval Europe, the auroras were commonly believed to be a sign from God.
Kennedy Space Centre has been at the center of technology and exploration for fifty years. The exploration of the space centre on Street View is Google’s biggest collection, with a total of 6,000 photos exploring facilities such as the shuttles, firing rooms and launch pads.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Located in the town of Wieliczka in southen Poland, this mine was built in the 13th century and produced table salt until 2007. The salt mine reaches a depth of 327 metres (1,073ft) and is over 278 kilometres (178 miles) long. The mine features an underground lake, as well as new exhibits on the history of salt mining.
Want to explore more places like this?
Check out the awesome game Geoguessr. You’re dropped in the a random place on Google Streetview and have to guess where in the world you are. It’s a lot of fun.