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By LiveScience Staff | February 27, 2014 06:57am ET
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Google Street View's next challenge
Google Street View has taken viewers to the Amazon, the Galapagos, and now, the Canadian Arctic — the home of polar bears.
Taking a rest
For all their cuteness, polar bears face serious threats.
Catching a glimpse
The goal is to capture the remote and starkly beautiful environment, before it disappears, along with its furry inhabitants.
Beginning the journey
The Google Maps team brought their cameras to Churchill and the surrounding tundra.
Ready, set, go
The Google team mounted their trekker camera on a "tundra buggy" vehicle donated by the ecotourism company Frontiers North Adventures.
The tundra buggy
The trekker captured images of bears sparring with each other, bears resting on the snow and sea ice in Hudson Bay, and even a few adorable cubs at play.
A curious creature
The bears tend to be curious, coming up to check out the truck.
A most curious creature, this bear was not too shy to check out the truck, pawing at the equipment.
The Google team set off to capture hundreds of pictures to stitch into panoramas.
So close and yet so far
Curious and cute, yet these bears are facing serious threats.
Home sweet home
The Google team used their trekker camera to catch hundreds of shots of the endangered polar bear which are now available for viewing.
The mapping process
The Street View project lets viewers explore the tundra and see the polar bear migration.
The leaders of the polar bear mapping project hope that making the Google images available to anyone with an Internet connection will give the public a
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chance to see these charismatic creatures in the wild, and communicate the environmental threats the bears face.
Hopes for the future
PBI is also interested in using Street View's images for scientific research. Google trained PBI to use the trekker camera, and the nonprofit took a second
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round of images after the Hudson Bay froze over.
Off into the sunset
The effects of climate change pose serious threats to the survival of this charismatic, cute and curious creature.
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