On Wednesday, Google announced a surprise that awaits all Maps users. The Street View feature now allows them to explore remote places on Earth and enjoy breathtaking landscapes right in front of their screens. One of the many places you can see is the lava lake of one of the nine active volcanoes in Vanuatu.
More precisely, you are going to enjoy the Marum crater from Ambrym island in the nation of Vanuatu, located in the Pacific Ocean. Google collaborated with two explorers, Geoff Mackley and Chris Horsley, to obtain the images taken inside the active volcano. The explorers entered 400 meters deep into the Marum crater, which is roughly as big as two football fields. They used a Street View Trekker to collect 360-degrees images of the crater, lava lake, and the surroundings.
Standing on the edge
The explorers had the experience of their lifetime and declared themselves baffled by the experience. They were more than excited to have this collaboration with Google, and think that this initiative would receive a lot of positive feedback. Mackley felt how small humans were in front of nature.
“You only realize how insignificant humans are when you’re standing next to a giant lake of fiery boiling rock.”
Horsley is glad that people can now witness the glory of nature more easily.
“Standing at the edge and feeling the heat lick your skin is phenomenal. I hope that by putting this place on the map people will realize what a beautiful world we live in.”
The angry devils
The island of Ambrym hosts another active volcano besides Marum. Benbow, together with Marum, is situated in the same volcanic caldera, which measures 39 square miles. Also, at the bottom of the volcanoes, there are a few villages where around 7,000 people dwell.
Endu is one of the villages which was also mapped in a different Google Maps project. You can explore the village by following this link. If you feel more adventurous and see the amazing view of the lava lake, click here.
Google asked the locals about their traditions and the history of the volcanoes. They think that the two volcanoes are devils. Benbow is the husband and Marum is the wife, and the villagers think that they erupt when they are angry.
The Marum crater is not the only remote place that you can explore on Google Street View. You can travel to the Faroe Islands, the Samburu National Park in Kenya, or many other iconic landmarks right from the coziness of your chair.
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