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By John McCarthy | Media editor

March 2, 2015 | 2 min read

Search giant Google has released footage of its Amazon mapping expedition with viewers capable of following the journey on Google Maps Street View.

A new Street View microsite now offers viewers to opportunity to follow Google on its journey through the Amazon as it maps vital landmarks and communities in South America's vast Amazon rainforest.

A highlight of the firm's mapping venture was a Google Street View journey through a tree canopy via zip wire. The 360 degree shot trip was captured at speeds of 62mph.

Click the below widget to experience the zip wire journey.

The trip was captured using the Trekker camera, a backpack mounted device hosting a total of 15 lenses.

A Google spokesperson told the BBC: "Most people won't go to a rainforest in their lifetimes, We also hope environmentalists will use it as a tool to go and see what's there."

This comes after the firm set about mapping the Arabian Desert last October with 360 degree footage from camel-back to please computer-bound adventurers all over the world.

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