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Google Maps' latest update lets users peer into the mouth of a volcano
Google Maps has introduced a new feature that lets users peer around the inside of an active volcano using its popular Street View mode.
Users can now explore the inside of a volcano, complete with bubbling lava.
Following an update last week, Google Maps now lets users explore one of the world's largest boiling lava lakes – which spans the size of two football fields – the Marum crater on the Vanuatuan island of Ambrym.
To enable this stunning feature, Google enlisted the help of Geoff Mackley and Chris Horsly.
The explorers repelled some 400 metres into the mouth of the volcano wearing a 360-degree Trekker camera.
The Trekker is a backpack-mounted spherical camera that sports 15 lenses to create a 360-degree panorama.
It's controlled using a standard Android smartphone and weighs 18kg – something that could become a bit of an issue when you're abseiling into the mouth of a volcano.
Speaking about photographing the seething lava lake, Geoff Mackley said: "It's like looking into the surface of the sun."
Meanwhile, Chris Horsly said he hoped that "by putting this place on the map, people will realise what a beautiful world we live in."
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Vanuatu is an archipelago of 80 small islands that lies a thousand miles off the coast of Australia.
One of the islands – Ambrym – includes two active volcanic cones: Marum and Benbow.
The island nation is widely-considered to be one of the country’s most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
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The explorers abseiling 400 metres into the mouth of the volcano, wearing the 360-degree camera
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Transport supervisor at S&S Distribution in Tonbridge, Sean Matthews told Kent Live: "We were using Google Maps to route some of our vehicles and it was just in passing that we spotted it.
"We all had a giggle and looked at it in disbelief. It's something to laugh about."