It was only a matter of time, but Google Maps has put together a very captivating series of photographs, video clips, and (naturally) maps that chronicle a week-long river trip through the Grand Canyon as part of their popular Street View series. The project was completed in partnership with American Rivers, a D.C.-based non-profit, and is intended to draw attention to the Colorado River as one of the most “endangered” rivers in the country.
This collaboration marks the first time Google Maps has used this technology on a major whitewater rapid in the USA. The finished product will no doubt keep both Grand Canyon fanatics and the just-plain-curious clicking their way through the grandest of chasms. Hopefully it will encourage viewers to experience (or revisit) this amazing landscape in person, and to protect it for future generations.