Jungle ride: Google Maps gives tree-top glimpse of what it's like to 'zip' through Amazon

Associated Press

For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to soar through trees in the Amazon jungle.

The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. The maps' "Street View" option mostly provides panoramic views of cities and neighborhoods photographed by car-mounted cameras, but Google also has found creative ways to depict exotic locations where there are no roads.

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In its latest foray into the wilderness, Google teamed up with environmental protection group Amazonas Sustainable Foundation to explore a remote part of an Amazon rainforest with a device called a Trekker that carried the camera on a zip line through the trees.