Google Street View adds Antarctica to its maps

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

There will be no more privacy for the penguins in Antarctica, as Google Maps unveils its street view of the frozen continent.

Google Maps announced Thursday that its street view imagery now covers all seven continents -- as Brazil, Ireland and Antarctica went live. Brazil is the first South American country to be added to the mapping database.

Users can now explore some of Antarctica in 360-degree panoramic views that show a group of people on the icy terrain of the South Shetland Islands and several chinstrap penguins on Half Moon Island.

"We hope this new imagery will help people in Ireland, Brazil and even the penguins of Antarctica to navigate nearby, as well as enable people around the world to learn more about these areas," Brian McClendon, vice-president of engineering for Google Earth and Maps, wrote on the company's blog.

McClendon and his wife took the Antarctica photos while on an expedition in late January.

The street view feature was launched in 2007 and now includes 25 countries.


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