19 Jun '12, 2pm

Google Earth Helping Amazon Tribe to Preserve Their Forest and Their Culture

Google Earth Helping Amazon Tribe to Preserve Their Forest and Their Culture

At the UN Rio+20 conference this week, Google revealed their first cultural map for Google Earth . The result of a five-year project with Brazil's Surui tribe, the map consists of a collection of pictures, videos and 3-D visualizations mapping the cultural history and biodiversity of the 600,000-acre Surui territory. The map is part of a larger project with the Surui people to document and preserve their forests and culture. "We really believe that this is ground-breaking, ground-breaking for Google," said Rebecca Moore , Engineering Manager of Google Earth Engine and Earth Outreach. "The Surui people and Google worked together to bring the story of the forest to the global community." Surui Chief Almir approached Google with the idea of the map on a visit to the U.S. in 2007. Since then his tribe has been given training on how to use the mapping technology to share geo-ta...

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