Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica Flyover of McMurdo Station and Dry Valleys

  • Released Friday, July 27, 2007
  • Updated Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 4:16PM
  • ID: 3482

This animation flies around Ross Island and the Dry Valleys of Antarctica highlighting the beautiful data provided by the LandSat Image Mosaic of Antarctica. There are no labels in this version.

The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) is a data product funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and jointly produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The LIMA data shown here uses the pan-chromatic band and has a resolution of 15 meters per pixel. The 13 swaths used to generate this sample mosaic where acquired between December 25, 1999 and December 31, 2001. The elevation data shown is courtesy of the Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project (RAMP) Digital Elevation Model (DEM). It has no vertical exaggeration (1x).

A narrated version of this visualization can be found at #10416: Guided Tour of LIMA Flyover.

This is the fully narrated version of this LIMA flyover of McMurdo Station and the Dry Valleys with labels throughout and credit information at the end.

Full animation with labels - McMurdo Station is a science research center operated by the United States. New Zealand's science station, Scott Base, is located just 5 km away from McMurdo Station. Ross Island is surrounded by floating ice called the Ross Ice Shelf and the McMurdo Ice Shelf.

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Floating Sea Ice in the Ross Sea.

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Across the McMurdo Sound lies Marble Point and New Harbor.

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This image shows Cape Roberts and the MacKay Glacier.

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The Ferrar Glacier is located in between the Kukri Hills and the Royal Society Range.

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Taylor Glacier in front of the Kukri Hills.

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Fly up Emmanuel Glacier to Mt. Lister in the Royal Society Range.

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Fly down the Koettlitz Glacier and pass Mount Discovery along the way.

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This view shows the region surrounding Mt. Erebus/McMurdo Station to the left and Antarctica's Dry Valleys to the right.

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This image shows the Dry Valleys region near Antarctica's McMurdo Station. Many years of relentless wind have swept these valleys clean of their snow cover. The same wind has also created blue ice in the large Koettlitz Glacier to the left of this image. LIMA shows remarkable detail in the Royal Society Range that separates the Koettliz Glacier and the Ferrar Glacier. This image was requested by Dr. Ed Dunlea for an International Polar Year report at the National Academy of Sciences.


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio LIMA Data provided by: Patricia Vornberger (SAIC) LIMA data produced by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and NASA


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Datasets used in this visualization

Landsat-7 Band Combination 3, 2, 1 (Collected with the ETM+ sensor)
Landsat-7 LIMA (A.K.A. Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica) (Collected with the ETM+ sensor)
Mosaic | NASA/GSFC, British Antarctic Survey, USGS EROS Data Center

Mosaicing to avoid clouds produced a high quality, nearly cloud-free benchmark data set of Antarctica for the International Polar Year from images collected primarily during 1999-2003.

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