Antarctic Mysteries

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About LIMA

The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) is the most detailed, high-resolution map ever produced of Antarctica. It is a never-before-seen compilation of space-based, cloud-free images of the entire continent, in ten times greater detail than was previously possible.

Over a thousand Landsat 7 satellite images were joined to create this stunning view of one of the most inaccessible regions on our planet. Landsat satellites provide an unparalleled record of Earth’s varying landscapes to help us understand how Earth is changing, and what those changes mean for life on our planet. NASA designs the Earth-observing satellites of the Landsat Program; the United States Geological Survey (USGS) manages the satellites, archives the imagery, and makes the data available to all interested users. LIMA is the product of a collaborative effort between NASA, USGS, the National Science Foundation and the British Antarctic Survey. The imagery is provided in true color and infrared, at no charge, for all to explore and use.