Polar bears join natural wonders at Google Maps
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google on Thursday added polar bears to the natural splendour people can glimpse from the comfort of their homes at the Internet giant's free online mapping service.
Members of the Google Maps team joined forces with non-profit group Polar Bears International to venture into tundra in a remote part of Canada's Churchill, Manitoba, late last year for images of the majestic animals waiting for sea ice to freeze.
Polar bears range the tundra in quests for food and mates.
However, even here the Google Maps images only captured a few sightings of the polar bears, whose population is being threatened by warming global temperatures dramatically altering the frigid environment on which they depend.