Explore Canada's Boreal Forest In Just Three Minutes In Google Earth

Google now lets take a non-stop, coast-to-coast Google Earth narrated tour of Earth's "green halo:" the boreal forest. Developed by the Pew Environment Group, this tour illustrate the nature of the blue forest and its ability to store massive amounts of carbon, primarily in its soil and wetlands," revealed Google.And, it takes you over the […]

Google now lets take a non-stop, coast-to-coast Google Earth narrated tour of Earth's "green halo:" the boreal forest. Developed by the Pew Environment Group, this tour illustrate the nature of the blue forest and its ability to store massive amounts of carbon, primarily in its soil and wetlands," revealed Google.

And, it takes you over the vast northern forests and waterways and unveils an ecosystem that stores twice as much carbon per acre as tropical rainforests, holds more freshwater than any other continental-scale ecosystem and teems with wildlife.

"Viewers will see bears, wolves, and caribou that still roam this vast landscape, learn about aboriginal communities that depend on the boreal, view the Peace-Athabasca Delta, one of the most important wetlands in the world, and the last refuges for North American Atlantic salmon," Google said.

Unfortunately, Canada's boreal forest is increasingly affected by large-scale industrial activities. A rapidly expanding footprint of development already includes 180 million acres (728,000 km²) affected by forestry, road building, mining, oil and gas extraction, and hydropower.

You can watch the tour embedded right below or download the KML file to view in
Google Earth.

And, to learn more about this new tour and the steps, visit this link.