Google Maps Now Lets You Explore Everest, Kilimanjaro; Or You Could Just Look at a Pile of Sand

Google Maps has sent some explorer scrambling up to a few of the highest peaks on the seven continents to showcase views of the Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe, and Everest Base Camp in Asia.

While you might expect these maps to be dizzyingly terrific or breathtaking or even just cool, prepare yourself from some genuine disappointment. The landscape consists mostly of a big old pile of rocks and some tufts of snow here and there. Unfortunately, the Google Maps feature makes these places look like a lackluster rocky wasteland or the moon.

Certainly these vistas must be striking to actually visit. Google Images, on the other hand, confirms that each of these peaks are pretty stunning pointy land formations. Why did Google Maps even bother to put up these dinky panoramic photos that make these wonderful mountains look like boring dirty piles of sand? Well, we guess they did it because they could.

So if you're interested in some interesting adventures, armchair traveler, you're better off if you stay indoors on Google Maps' marvelous gallery view project.