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Google Street View climbs the Mont Blanc

Once in a while Google Street View team likes to please us with something cool. This time it is the western Europe’s highest peak – Mont Blanc.

Mont Blanc rises 4,808.73 m (15,777 ft) above sea level and it’s the world’s 11th tallest mountain so you cannot simply take Street View Trekker backpack with 360 cameras to the top. In order to do it Google had to partner with several photographers, skiers, mountaineers, climbers and runners. The effect is the stunning library of 360-degree imagery. There is also a dedicated website where you can explore the Mont Blanc massif from different locations and perspectives.

Users can run up the mountain with Kilian Jornet – who holds the speed record for ascending and descending Mont Blanc, in just 4 hours 57 minutes,

follow record-setting alpine climber Ueli Steck as he tackles a vertical ice climb

and do some powder skiing with 14-time ski mountaineering champion Laetitia Roux.

Check out the video to the full experience:

source: Google Blog

 

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Last year we’ve reported that 2014 was the warmest year ever recorded. Last week NASA revealed that 2015 was even warmer. Data from NASA and NOAA showed that in 2015, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 Celsius) above the 20th century average, surpassing 2014’s record by 0.29 F (0.16 C).

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Climate change. Is it just a temporary situation or  a long-term trend? We don’t know yet but it starts to be hard to believe that the global warming is just a myth.

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