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Google Maps, Street View take on polar bears, Canadian tundra (pictures)

Google takes a trip to the frozen Canadian north on a mission to encounter polar bears and the warming tundra.

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Seth Rosenblatt
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Google Maps tracks polar bears

The conservation group Polar Bears International uses Google Maps' API to track polar bears and their habits.
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Polar bear in the snow

This polar bear spied by the Street View camera attached to a "tundra buggy" looks to be doing its best to blend in with its surroundings.
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The warming frozen north

This aerial view of the tundra near Hudson Bay will help create a baseline so scientists can track the impact of climate change on the frozen north.
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Mapping on the go

Google engineers map the tundra while on the go in the tundra buggy.
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A good stretch for a bear

The Street View camera caught this polar bear checking out the tundra buggy.
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Google Maps and human residents of the tundra

Google asks residents of Churchill in Manitoba, Canada, for help in identifying landmarks around their town.
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Is this my good side?

The Street View camera captures another look at a polar bear...or is it the other way around?
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Bear versus machine

The tundra buggy, outfitted with a Google Street View camera, gets a once-over by a polar bear.
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Polar bear at sunset

A polar bear sighted by the Google Street View-outfitted tundra buggy.
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Is this my good side?

This polar bear decides to have a face-to-face with the Street View camera.

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