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Byrd Glacier

LIMA presents the first-ever, true-color, high-resolution view of Antarctica. Prepared from 1100 Landsat-7 images collected from 1999 to 2003, it provides scientists and non-scientists a stunning "you are there" view of the least familiar continent. Shown here are two perspectives of Byrd Glacier, one of the largest in Antarctica. The down-glacier view (above) looks northeastward and the up-glacier regional view (below) looks southward toward the South Pole which is 1050 km distant. The 15-meter resolution imagery is draped over the Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project Digital Elevation Model Version 2.

Byrd Glacier plunges through a deep valley in the Transatlantic Mountains and onto the Ross Ice Shelf, dropping more than 4,300 feet over a distance of 112 miles. It remains a distinct ice stream all the way to the edge of the shelf, some 260 miles from the foot of the mountains to the open sea.

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Visualization Credits

Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Bob Bindschadler (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, Canadian Space Agency, RADARSAT International Inc. 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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Data Used:
7.5-Minute DEM
Model - USGS
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Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica

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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version