||USGS coordinates mapping and geodetic activities
with the international scientific community under the the terms of the Antarctic
Treaty. The USGS Polar Program maps selected areas of scientific interest
in Antarctica under the auspices of the National Science Foundation. The
Polar Program includes multinational cooperation with institutions from
Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
In addition to producing Antarctic maps, USGS also establishes geodetic
control and collects Antarctic satellite imagery, GIS, gravity and glaciological
data. Other related activities include the operation and maintenance of
the U.S. Antarctic Resource Center, the Antarctica Geographic Names DataBase,
and the Atlas of Antarctic Research.