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Google sends explorers to get 'street view' of giant volcanoes

Google partnered with veteran explorers to go inside a volcano - and gather images to be shared on the web giant's global Street View feature. (Source: CNN/Google) Google partnered with veteran explorers to go inside a volcano - and gather images to be shared on the web giant's global Street View feature. (Source: CNN/Google)

AMBRYM, VANUATU (CNN/Google) - Google this: “What’s it like to go inside a volcano?”

The web giant recently sent a crew to find out - all the way to Vanuatu, an archipelago located in the South Pacific that’s more than 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia.

The tiny island nation is home to lush jungles, black sand beaches, and nine active volcanoes. Google partnered with explorers Geoff Mackley and Chris Horsley to go inside one of them. They got a view of the volcano like no one’s ever seen before.

The team traveled to the island of Ambrym, home to two volcanoes, BenBow and Marum.

The chief of the local village calls the unpredictable and dangerous volcanoes “devils,” but their natural beauty is undeniable.

“It;s so vast and such and incredible landscape,” Horsley said. “There’s a real heartwarming feeling that you get when you see the lava lake itself. It’s an incredible feeling.”

Strapping on a high-tech backpack called the Trekker, Horsley and Mackley rappelled down 400 meters - about 437 yards - inside the Marum crater to collect 360 degree Google “Street View” imagery.

They got an up-close look at the volcano’s giant lake of lava, a fiery cauldron of boiling rock that’s roughly twice the size of a football field.

“Standing just meters away from one of the most active lava lakes in the world really surges energy through your whole body,” Horsley said. “It is like staring into the sun or the heartbeat of the planet, really.”

And now, people all over the world can visit the volcano, too - vicariously and safely from the comfort of their homes - using Google’s website.

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