Antarctica: A Virtual Expedition

Monday, December 17, 2007 at 12:19 PM



Pssst... wanna see a nunatak? Feeling the urge to check out some seracs? If so, then it's time to fire up Google Earth and check out Antarctica in greater detail than ever before through our new high resolution satellite view of the coldest continent. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), created Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) from more than 1,000 Landsat ETM+ scenes. LIMA covers all of Antarctica, with the exception of the South Pole at 90 degrees south to 82.5 degrees south latitude, where there's no coverage because of its near-polar orbit.

We're really happy about this new imagery, but we'd love to see more user-contributed content. Sure, it's a tough place to get to, but we know that Google Earth aficionados tend to be more adventurous than most. So if you've been to Antarctica on a cruise, an expedition, or just because, be sure to geotag your YouTube videos, upload your photos to Panoramio, and model some research stations in SketchUp so the rest of us can explore the snowy expanse from the warmth of our glowing computer screens. And please pass the word along to the explorers in your lives.