Hi Ed (founding former World University Board Member),
These National Park Service virtual tours are very cool and thanks for mentioning them ...
And they could easily dovetail with a developing realistic virtual earth and for virtual Harbin ethnographic research too - and eventually interactive movie realistic in 3D and group-buildable.
Are they what you had in mind?
The building of a Creative Commons' licensed realistic virtual earth for virtual tours and STEM research, and via the National Park Service, is a wonderful idea (and eventually in all countries' main languages) ... and it would dovetail too with making a field site for my Harbin research and next Harbin book! Indexing my actual / virtual Harbin book is both laborious and an interesting re-visiting of my book.
Could the National Park Service fund a kind of realism in a virtual world that would help them respond to forest fires and global warming in real time?
May begin to explore posting some of more of my poems - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/poetry - aiming for bliss and loving bliss to Soul Flash email list - firstname.lastname@example.org - out of India ... :)
Visit the Harbin Gate now in Google Street View, and walk down the road to Middletown, California here -
... and add some of your photos, as Google Earth invites ... and per "ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy"
(see, too: http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2015/08/baby-philippine-flying-lemur-with.html).
This 3D realistic build able interactive virtual earth is a new planned revenue stream for World University - and on the Creative Commons' licensed - which I'll add here:
The above partnerships would be in addition to the now THREE planned revenue streams based on the 501 c 3 WUaS and Creative Commons licensed (plus possible upcoming ones in the Commun spreadsheet with Julian - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RVdpiEsRsnEFpSUINzZTyrL2eMsiickgkSwx_AA9Uxc/edit?usp=sharing - who will come to WUaS MBM next Saturday; could he become Chief Translation Officer eventually?) .
Apropos the Tourism Studies Working Group on Friday evening at UC Berkeley, I'm glad to be giving a talk at UC Berkeley on Friday, November 6th on methodologies for ethnographically studying virtual place - and re http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy.