I love Google Streetview and I like the associated projects that use the project using Google Trekker. I thought it was an inspired work of genius when they strapped Trekker to a snow machine in 2010 for the Vancouver Olympics so you could explore the ski runs but I never expected Trekker to be attached to a camell! Yes, a camel..
In Google's words, "Using camels for the collection allowed us to collect authentic imagery and minimize our disruption of this fragile environment".
Anyway, with the new trek map, you can journey across the sands of the Liwa Desert, arguably, one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. What a great resource for Geography Teachers who teach climate zones, Deserts or extream environments.
On your virtual trip through the desert, you’ll find sand dunes that reach an astounding height of 25-40m. These rolling sandy hills were home to early settlers back in the Late Stone Age, making Liwa one of the oldest sites in the United Arab Emirates.
Some of the richest history in this desert lies in the Liwa Oasis—the largest oasis in the Arabian peninsula. Many people across the UAE can trace their origins to the first tribes that settled there and established the region as a trade center. The oasis is also home to date farms, whose trees and fruit are important cultural symbols—the trunks of the palms were used to weave the walls of Bedouin tents, baskets and more, while the fruit was a treasured treat for the locals. Now, the oasis is a sought out location for tourists around the world and those who live in the area.
Source: Google Maps Blog