Explore the remote atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands virtually on Google Street Viewby: Catherine E. Toth
posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 02:40 PM
“The goal of collecting this imagery was to show the world how special and important the remote islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are, in turn inspiring the next generation of conservationists and supports,” said Kalewa Correa, NOAA’s Mokupapapa Discovery Center manager and project leader, in a news release. “We hope that bringing the monument to the people through Google Street View will reach a larger audience but with minimal environmental impact, helping to preserve this amazing place for the future.”
Papahanaumokuakea Monument staff member Kalewa Correa capturing images with Google Street View Trekker apparatus on East Island at French Frigate Shoals.
In 2012, Google Street View’s Trekker site went live with imagery of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge using more than 9,200 panoramic images of 60 different natural and historic sites along 21 miles of roads and paths on the island. Midway Atoll—also known by its Hawaiian name Pihemanu, and part of the Papahanaumokuakea monument—boasts the largest nesting colonies of Laysan and black-footed albatrosses in the world and supports the first successfully reintroduced population of endangered Laysan ducks, the most endangered waterfowl in the Northern Hemisphere.
To begin exploring Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument with Google Street View Trekker, click on the atoll links below:
• Tern Island
• East Island at French Frigate Shoals
• Laysan Island
• Lisianski Island
• Pearl and Hermes Atoll
To learn more about the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, click here.
Photos: Google Street View (top, middle), Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (bottom)
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