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Trekkers complete Google quest to photograph Florida beaches

Trekkers outfitted with Google's Street View camera have finished walking Florida's beaches -- a journey of more than 740 miles.

They began their odyssey of 2 million footsteps at Gulf Islands National Seashore in July and finished in South Florida on Wednesday. They came through the Tampa Bay area at the end of September.

The work was funded using equipment from Google and $500,000 in grant money from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The trekkers were paid about $30 per hour, minus gas and lodging.

The Street View camera's 15 lenses capture images every 2.5 seconds, creating the panoramas now familiar with Internet browsers.

The Florida beach panoramas, built with 7.5 million images, will be available on Google Maps and in 2014. The trekkers, using their smartphones, also took photographs to record a journal of their travels.

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Trekkers complete Google quest to photograph Florida beaches 11/13/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:51pm]
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