Google Street View has taken viewers to the Amazon, the Galapagos, and now, the Canadian Arctic — the home of polar bears.
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Taking a rest
For all their cuteness, polar bears face serious threats.
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Catching a glimpse
The goal is to capture the remote and starkly beautiful environment, before it disappears, along with its furry inhabitants.
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Beginning the journey
The Google Maps team brought their cameras to Churchill and the surrounding tundra.
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Ready, set, go
The Google team mounted their trekker camera on a "tundra buggy" vehicle donated by the ecotourism company Frontiers North Adventures.
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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.
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A curious creature
The bears tend to be curious, coming up to check out the truck.
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A most curious creature, this bear was not too shy to check out the truck, pawing at the equipment.
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The Google team set off to capture hundreds of pictures to stitch into panoramas.
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So close and yet so far
Curious and cute, yet these bears are facing serious threats.
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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.
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The mapping process
The Street View project lets viewers explore the tundra and see the polar bear migration.
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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…Read More »
chance to see these charismatic creatures in the wild, and communicate the environmental threats the bears face. Less «
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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…Read More »
round of images after the Hudson Bay froze over. Less «
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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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