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In Images: Polar Bears on Google Street View

Google Street View's next challenge

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Google Street View has taken viewers to the Amazon, the Galapagos, and now, the Canadian Arctic — the home of polar bears.

Taking a rest

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For all their cuteness, polar bears face serious threats.

Catching a glimpse

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The goal is to capture the remote and starkly beautiful environment, before it disappears, along with its furry inhabitants.

Beginning the journey

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The Google Maps team brought their cameras to Churchill and the surrounding tundra.

Ready, set, go

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The Google team mounted their trekker camera on a "tundra buggy" vehicle donated by the ecotourism company Frontiers North Adventures.

The tundra buggy

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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

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The bears tend to be curious, coming up to check out the truck.

Buggy Love

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A most curious creature, this bear was not too shy to check out the truck, pawing at the equipment.

Manitoba views

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The Google team set off to capture hundreds of pictures to stitch into panoramas.

So close and yet so far

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Curious and cute, yet these bears are facing serious threats.

Home sweet home

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The Google team used their trekker camera to catch hundreds of shots of the endangered polar bear which are now available for viewing.