This is interesting. Google is teaming up with a charity called Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon to use their Street View technology to map settlements along parts of the rivers of the Amazonian Rainforest.
The idea is to demonstate changes caused by environmental practices such as deforestation. Of course, they’ve had to adapt their technology, as cars with cameras on the roof will not get around the rainforest. They’ve hooked it up to a boat and they’re using a trike they’ve used in the past to get to inaccessible areas.
It’s a noble cause, but it’s only going to provide a tiny snapshot. Still, it’s to be applauded.