Gallery: Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Be...


Scientists at NASA have been working hard to reveal the most alien landmass on the planet: Antarctica. Humans have never seen the continent without snow and ice, but now, using decades of research, we can see a digital rendering of what lies underneath the ice and snow. NASA compiled data from the British Antarctic Survey and images from the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) to create the most comprehensive topographic image of the continent ever made.

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  1. Charles Tobal March 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I would like to know if there are Antarctica warming maps. I had one, but my computer took it out. Thank you

  2. anekeia December 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Note that (as with all such renderings) the vertical scale is greatly exaggerated- otherwise the topography wouldn’t be visible. In this case, vertical exaggeration is 17x, so (e.g.) any mountain actually reaching 3000m above mean sea level is depicted as if it penetrated the stratosphere.

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