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Antarctica

Antarctica Maps List

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

The USGS has published over 150 topographic and satellite image maps of Antarctica.

Discover USGS maps of the Antarctic continent and selected regions on the continent with this online listing. Learn more…

Antarctica Maps List

Antarctica Satellite Image Map (Map I-2284)

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

This map, a mosaic of satellite images, was created from imagery from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer.

Use this map of the entire Antarctica continent to learn and teach about the physical geography of the continent. Learn more…

Antarctica Satellite Image Map

Satellite Image Map of Antarctica (Map I-2560)

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

This map, a mosaic of satellite images, contains few labels and therefore is useful for examining the surface of Antarctica.

Use this map of the entire Antarctica continent to learn and teach about the physical geography of the continent. Learn more…

Satellite Image Map of Antarctica

Aerial Photography of Antarctica

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

The U.S. Antarctic Research Center holds approximately 400,000 aerial photographic prints from 1947 to the present. The photography was flown in support of NSF funded mapping and research by the USGS .

Explore Antarctica via these images, which are spatially indexed and viewable online, or visit the USARC at the USGS National Center in Reston, Va. Learn more…

Aerial Photography of Antarctica

Antarctic Seismic Data Library

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

The library provides open access worldwide to multi–channel, seismic–reflection data collected by many countries to study the structure of the Earth's crust at Antarctica.

Investigate Antarctica´s seismicity with this data library. Learn more…

Antarctic Seismic Data Library

Astrogeology Ice and Polar Research

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

The mission of the USGS Astrogeology Research Program is to establish and maintain geoscientific and technical expertise in planetary science and remote sensing to scientifically study and map extraterrestrial bodies, plan and conduct planetary exploration missions, and explore and develop new technologies in data processing, analysis, archiving, and distribution.

Learn about the use of the world's glaciers to monitor climate change, read research papers from workshops on planetary ices and on volcano ice, and investigate results of searching for ice on Mars. Learn more…

USGS Astrogeology Ice and Polar Research

Atlas of Antarctic Research

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

This atlas is designed to promote greater geographic awareness of Antarctica and the digital geospatial data that describe it and to provide a common base for displaying research results, data collected, and descriptions of ongoing and past projects. The National Science Foundation provides funding, logistical support, and program oversight to this project.

Use this online mapping site to examine elevation, geographic names, hydrography, locations of interest, ortho–imagery, and physical geography. Learn more…

Atlas of Antarctic Research

Coastal-Change and Glaciological Maps of Antarctica

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

This fact sheet outlines USGS efforts to map coastal change and glaciology in Antarctica and includes an index map showing the locations and names of the 23 published and planned 1:1,000,000–scale coastal–change and glaciological maps of the continent.

Use this fact sheet to learn about the role coastal change and glaciology play in global climate change research and what the USGS is doing in these areas. Learn more…

Coastal–Change and Glaciological Maps of Antarctica

Coastal-Change and Glaciological Map of the Bakutis Coast Area, Antarctica: 1972–2002

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

This map, made up of satellite imagery, shows the coastal and glacial status and changes in the Bakutis area of Antarctica.

Use this map to examine changes in the area and volume of polar ice sheets, which are linked to changes in global climate. Learn more…

Coastal–Change and Glaciological Map of the Bakutis Coast Area, Antarctica

Glaciological Map of the Eights Coast Area, Antarctica: 1972–2001
(Map I-2600-E)

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

This map, made up of satellite imagery, shows the coastal and glacial status and changes in the Eights Coast area of Antarctica.

Use this map to examine changes in the area and volume of polar ice sheets, which are linked to changes in global climate. Learn more…

Glaciological Map of the Eights Coast Area, Antarctica

Coastal-Change and Glaciological Map of the Saunders Coast Area, Antarctica: 1972–1997 (Map I-2600-G)

What is it?What Can I Do With It?

This map, made up of satellite imagery, is of glaciers in the Saunders Coast area of Antarctica.

Use this map to examine the status and changes in the Saunders Coast of Antarctica. Learn more…

Earthshots Satellite Images of Global Change: Antarctica

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

These images show the seaward edge of the Filchner Ice Shelf, on the coast of Antarctica, facing the Atlantic. In the austral winter of 1986, the front edge of the Filchner Ice Shelf broke off into the sea, forming three large icebergs. This was a major, long–awaited calving.

Use this site to examine changes that can be detected via Landsat satellite imagery, and read the explanatory text provided. Learn more…

Earthshots: Satellite Images of Global Change—Antarctica

Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World—Antarctica
(USGS Professional Paper 1386-B)

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

This paper offers detailed reports, images, graphs, and maps of Antarctica ´s glaciers, their movement and change, and implications for the planet.

Study glaciers of Antarctica, and associated regional and global natural and environmental implications, through this well–illustrated and visually stunning satellite image atlas. Learn more…

Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World—Antarctica

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an interdisciplinary group of the International Council for Science, charged with coordinating and developing high–quality scientific research in Antarctica and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system.

Search the site to discover USGS contributions to the literature, research, and mission of SCAR. These contributions include seismic studies, mapping, geological studies to model Antarctic paleoenvironments, and much more. Learn more…

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Aerial Photography

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) provides aerial photography and maps of Antarctica for scientists and others to determine geologic features, analyze ice stream flow, and monitor penguin and seal populations. Various mapping cameras and film types have been used to create over 300,000 frames of film since 1946, with annual acquisitions since 1980.

Examine Antarctica using aerial photography. You can also visit the SCAR library at the USGS National Center in Reston, Va. Learn more…

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Aerial Photography

U.S. Antarctic Resource Center

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

The USARC is a joint effort of the USGS and the National Science Foundation´s United States Antarctic Program. It houses the Nation's most comprehensive collection of Antarctic maps, charts, satellite images, and photographs produced by the United States and other member nations of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). The USARC holdings include maps and charts from over 20 countries.

Find aerial photographs, satellite images, maps, programs, and research. Learn more…

U.S. Antarctic Resource Center

U.S. Antarctic Resource Center Flight Line Photo Indexes of Antarctica

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

These are topographic reconnaissance maps with shaded relief at 1:250,000 scale.

Use this site to examine topographic shaded–relief maps and aerial photographs of Antarctica. Learn more…

Flight Line Photo Indexes of Antarctica

U.S. Antarctic Aerial Photograph Ground Control Sites

What is it?What Can I Do With It?What Does It Look Like?

These are aerial photographs and ground control data from the 1960s in Antarctica.

Use this site to examine historical aerial photographs and compare them to newer maps and imagery to detect change. Learn more…

U.S. Antarctic Aerial Photograph Ground Control Sites

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