Global View of the Arctic and Antarctic on September 21, 2005

  • Released Thursday, February 15th, 2007
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:55PM
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In support of International Polar Year, this matching pair of images showing a global view of the Arctic and Antarctic were generated in poster-size resolution. Both images show the sea ice on September 21, 2005, the date at which the sea ice was at its minimum extent in the northern hemisphere. The color of the sea ice is derived from the AMSR-E 89 GHz brightness temperature while the extent of the sea ice was determined by the AMSR-E sea ice concentration. Over the continents, the terrain shows the average land cover for September, 2004. (See Blue Marble Next Generation) The global cloud cover shown was obtained from the original Blue Marble cloud data distributed in 2002. (See Blue Marble:Clouds) A matching star background is provided for each view. All images include transparency, allowing them to be composited on a background.

This image shows a view of the Earth on September 21, 2005 with the full Antarctic region visible.

This image shows a view of the Earth on September 21, 2005 with the full Antarctic region visible.

A tiff version final poster created by NSIDC.  A link to a PDF version of the poster can be found at the bottom of this page.For additional information from NSIDC, click here.

A tiff version final poster created by NSIDC. A link to a PDF version of the poster can be found at the bottom of this page.

For additional information from NSIDC, click here.



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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).


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