Detailed image of Antartica

Thanks to USGS and NASA, we will have one of the most detailed photo of the Antartica continent. Using images from the Landsat 7 satellite, the researchers created the most detailed, high-resolution map of Antarctica. This results in what is now known as the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA).

Using several images of the same location, they have been able to remove clouds from most of the map, but also, they gave a very clear view in near real-life colours (a difficult aim for most of satellite imagery): Natural colour at 30m resolution (or black and white at 15m resolution).

All in all, this is supposed to help scientists observe this region of the world that is critical for the understanding of global warming and its future effects on human life on Earth.

The result is at http://lima.usgs.gov.

Thanks to Science Daily for this information.