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'High-Def' view of Antarctica - satellite view of Antarctica's frozen landscape

A team of researchers from NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) unveiled today (27 Nov 07) the most geographically accurate, true-color satellite photograph ever made of Antarctica.

More than a thousand scenes captured during seven years of satellite observations have created the visually stunning Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA). The virtually cloudless satellite view of Antarctica’s frozen landscape provides much greater detail for the entire continent than has been available before. For the first time researchers and the public can explore Antarctica for themselves in a completely new way.

Read more detailed information in the LIMA Press Release

LIMA Image Examples

The examples below are optimised for printing, rather than viewing online and as such, the file sizes are large and may take several minutes to download.

LIMA mosaic of Antarctica

File size: 5.2 MB (4568 x 3881 pixels) - Download
Example image from LIMA

Extract of the Dry Valleys, Ross Sea

File size: 32.1 MB (6643 x 6013 pixels) - Download
Example image from LIMA

Extract of Pourquoi Pas Island, Antarctic Peninsula

File size: 8.3 MB (3443 x 4057 pixels) - Download
Example image from LIMA