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Google captures Liwa Desert imagery using a camel

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Google has dubbed Raffia, a 10-year-old camel, as the latest "Trekker" carrier.

Using a camera strapped to the camel's hump, Raffia is now roaming the Liwa Desert in the United Arab Emirates. Google says it will give viewers the chance to see the rolling sand dunes up close and create a panoramic experience.

The Trekker pack is what Google uses to capture its Street View imagery when cars can't, or shouldn't, trek that specific area. By attaching the camera to a camel also minimizes the disruption of the fragile environment.

Since 2012, Google has been letting users explore landmarks around the world that are only accessible by foot via the Trekker.

This new imagery from the Liwa Desert will reveal stunning vistas from a place that many people may never be able to travel to in person.

Google has posted a preview of the footage online, click HERE for the link.

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