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Breakthrough Map of Antarctica Lays Ground for New Discoveries
11.27.07
 
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A team of researchers from NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation and the British Antarctic Survey unveiled today a newly completed map of Antarctica that provides a realistic look at the continent in 10 times greater detail than ever before and offers the most geographically accurate, true-color, and high-resolution views of the continent possible.










Multimedia

Robert Bindschadler

Researchers pieced together more than a thousand images from three years of Landsat satellite observations to construct LIMA.

Researchers pieced together more than a thousand images from three years of Landsat satellite observations to construct LIMA.


1. Poster of Antarctica With Inset
Researchers pieced together more than a thousand images from three years of Landsat satellite observations to construct LIMA.
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Landsat Mosaic image of Antarctica

MODIS 3D image of Antarctica


2. Comparison of LIMA and MODIS
The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica provides a realistic look at the continent in 10 times greater detail than ever before and offers the most geographically accurate, true-color, and high-resolution views of the continent possible.

+ LIMA High resolution
+ MODIS High Resolution

Image contrasting MODIS with LIMA shots.



3. Contrast Stretch
A technique called "contrast stretching" helps show the details that are still contained in LIMA's image data but are mostly hidden from our eyes due to Antarctica's reflective snow-covered surface.

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4. Flyover
Still frame from flyover exag movie


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Scott Borg


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Ray Byrnes


Still frame from animation showing different satellites orbiting the Earth.
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5. Satellite video
The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Since 1972, Landsat satellites have collected information about Earth from space.


Contrasted against LIMA, a Landsat perspective on urban growth in Las Vegas, Nevada provides an example of how versatile Landsat data is.
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6. Las Vegas Perspective
Contrasted against LIMA, a Landsat perspective on urban growth in Las Vegas, Nevada provides an example of how versatile Landsat data is.


Comparison image from Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1993 and 2000.
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7. Mt. Kilimanjaro
The Landsat satellite captured these images of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, on February 17, 1993 and February 21, 2000. + HD quality video download




Andrew Fleming


Still from movie featuring Andrew Fleming


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Still from movie featuring Dr. Nicholas Owens


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Still frame from Antarctica movie.


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Robert Bindschadler - Demo of LIMA

First slide of LIMA powerpoint (PDF) demo


Click on image above to view a PDF of the Powerpoint demo. This PDF contains a demo of how to use the LIMA web sites. (9 Mb)