Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, National
Science Foundation and British Antarctic Survey released a new map of
Antarctica. During a special event hosted at the NASA Goddard Space
Flight Center in Maryland, researchers were able to view the new images which
are said to be much more revealing than anything ever presented before.
The researchers used the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica, or LIMA, to
combine 1,100 images that now make up one entire image 10 times more detailed
than any other Antarctic image ever captured. The entire content
"This mosaic of images opens
up a window to the Antarctic that we just haven't had before," said
Robert Bindschadler, the NASA scientist responsible for creating the
project. "This innovation is like watching high-definition TV in
living color versus watching the picture on a grainy black-and-white
television. Anyone with a computer and a web connection can now travel to
Indeed, the images are now available to everyone at the United States
Geological Survey web site. Even though Antarctica remains a mystical
location that most of us will never be able to visit personally, these images
offer a new insight for regular people to see what Antarctica surface looks
like in great detail.
Researchers will be able to use the images to better prepare scientific
expeditions to Antarctica.