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Amazing Antarctica: New views of the cold continent

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Amazing Antarctica: New views of the cold continent

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Dramatic images from space have allowed scientists to produce a vivid new map of the world’s least-known continent, Antarctica. NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite spent three years taking hundreds of photos. Antarctic Sciences Director, Scott Borg said:

“Of course, broad reconnaissance-scale maps have been available, and these have been very useful, but detailed maps and imagery from aerial photography have been rather limited. They have been limited both in terms of the amount of data available and the regions they cover.”

Eight versions of the new map will be available on the internet, opening up this remote region to web tourists all over the world.

Landsat 7 took about 1,100 pictures. They were then digitally stitched together to give a seamless, cloud-free view of the frozen wilderness at the bottom of the world.