Satellite Image Rothera Research Station Antarctic Peninsula

GeoEye-1 Rothera Station Antarctica

 GeoEye-1 (0.46m) Satellite Image of Rothera Research Station

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This GeoEye-1 satellite image shows the Rothera Research Station in the Antarctic Peninsula. Living and working in the harsh and remote environment of Antarctica requires specialist facilities. In order to carry out its ambitious scientific programme, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) operates four permanently staffed research stations, a summer-only research station and two small logistics facilities. The research stations are self-contained communities, with satellite links to the outside world, where science and monitoring programmes are carried out. Each station contains living accommodation, laboratories and workshops. They have to provide staff with food, water and washing facilities and deal with the resulting waste. The larger research stations also support aircraft, ship and field operations and are equipped with state-of-the-art computer and telecommunications technology. BAS research stations are all specially designed for their role and built to ensure minimum environmental impact. Their construction enables them to endure the extreme Antarctic climate and weather. More information on the research stations.

Satellite Images of Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia

olympics sochi russiaPleiades-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Ski Resort Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

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sochi russia olympicsPleiades-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Fisht Olympic Stadium Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

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The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia, officially known as the XXII Olympic Winter Games is a major international multi-sport event. Sochi was selected as the host city in July 2007, during the 119th IOC Session held in Guatemala City. It is the first Olympics in Russia since the breakup of the USSR in 1991. The USSR was the host nation for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

A total of 98 events in 15 winter sport disciplines are being held during the Games. A number of new competitions—a total of 12 accounting for gender—are being held during the Games, including biathlon mixed relay, women’s ski jumping, mixed-team figure skating, mixed-team luge, half-pipe skiing, ski and snowboard slopestyle, and snowboard parallel slalom. The events are being held around two clusters of new venues; an Olympic Park constructed in Sochi’s Imeretinsky Valley on the coast of the Black Sea, with Fisht Olympic Stadium and the Games’ indoor venues located within walking distance, and snow events in the resort settlement of Krasnaya Polyana. To view a 360 degree panoramic view, visit here.

Satellite Image of Petermann Glacier in Greenland

Petermann GlacierWorldView-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Petermann Glacier, Greenland – Ice Calving

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The Greenland Ice Sheet blankets 81 percent of Greenland Island. This monstrous ice slab stretches 2,480 kilometers (1,540 miles) long and up to 750 kilometers (465 miles) wide. The ice sheet is so big it would stretch from Key West, Florida, to 100 miles beyond Portland, Maine, covering a swath as wide as from Washington, D.C., to Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s 80 percent as big as the entire United States east of the Mississippi River. It’s not only huge, it’s also thick—an average of 2.3 kilometers (1.6 miles) thick. It contains roughly 8 percent of all of Earth’s fresh water.


Satellite Images of the Largest Deserts in the World

GeoEye-1 (0.5M) Satellite Image of Sahara Desert – 9,100,000+ KM

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ASTER (15M)  Satellite Image of the Arabian Desert – 2,330,000 KM

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IKONOS (1M) Satellite Image of the Gobi Desert, China (White Lines) – 1,300,000 KM

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Landsat 7 (15M) Satellite Image of the Kalahari Desert, Africa – 900,000 KM

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IKONOS (1M) Satellite Image of Great Victoria Desert, Australia (Ayers Rock) – 647,000 KM

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Landsat 7 (15M) Satellite Image of Syrian Desert – 492,000 KM

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Satellite Image of Antarctic Peninsula Marguerite Bay

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GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image Antarctic Peninsula, Marguerite Bay

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GeoEye-1 satellite image shows ice fields near Adelaide Island (on the west) which is a large, mainly ice-covered island, 75 miles (121 km) long and 20 miles (32 km) wide, lying at the north side of Marguerite Bay off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. The island lies within the Argentine, British and Chilean Antarctic claims and is protected from commercial exploitation by the Antarctica Treaty implemented in 1959. Antarctica is perhaps the world’s greatest unspoiled and relatively unexplored wildernesses. About 98 percent of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages at least 1 mile (1.6 km) in thickness. According to news reports the Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming spots on the planet.  This satellite image was collected from the GeoEye-1 satellite on April 18, 2012 while flying 423 miles (681 km) above the Earth at an average speed of 17,000 mph (four miles per second.)

Satellite Image of Yukon River Delta

satellite photo yukon delta alaska north slopeLandsat 7 – ETM+ (15m) Satellite Image of the Yukon Delta

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The Yukon River Delta is one of the largest river deltas in the world originates in British Columbia, Canada, and flows through Yukon Territory before entering Alaska. In southwestern Alaska, the Yukon Delta spreads out in a vast tundra plain, where the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers meander toward the Bering Sea. Looking a little like branching and overlapping blood vessels, the rivers and streams flow through circuitous channels toward the sea, passing and feeding a multitude of coastal ponds and lakes.

The Yukon Delta is an important habitat for waterfowl and migratory birds, and most of the protected refuge is less than 100 feet (30 meters) above sea level and is  currently (2010) protected as part of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Over such low-lying, mostly treeless terrain, the rivers can change course frequently and carve new channels to find the fastest route toward the sea.

Water abounds in this region today, but it was once far drier. Starting nearly two million years ago, a series of ice ages spawned massive Northern Hemisphere glaciers. As the glaciers grew, sea levels fell. About 20,000 years ago, sea level dropped enough to expose Beringia—a wide expanse of grassland between Eurasia and North America. The grassy plain provided not just a corridor for migrating wildlife, but also a home to the ancestors of today’s Native Americans. People have lived here for thousands of years, and the Yukon Delta is one of Alaska’s most populated rural areas, home to thousands of Yup’ik people. The area has virtually no roads; travel is by Bush plane, or by river boats in summer and snow machines in winter. To read more on the Yukon Delta, visit here.

Satellite Image in Mount Ararat 3D Movie

mount araratASTER (15m) Satellite Image of Mountains of Ararat, Turkey in 3D Movie

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Mount Ararat (16,940 feet, 5165 m) the largest volcano in Turkey. Ararat consists of two volcanic peaks: Big Ararat (5137 m) and Little Ararat (3,914m). The top of Big Ararat is covered with snow all year long. The Old Testament story of Noah says that Noah’ ark came to rest on Ararat following the Great Flood. This image is a 3-D perspective view looking from the southwest, created by draping a simulated natural color image over an ASTER-derived digital topography model. Although not currently active, its most recent eruption has probably been within the last 10,000 years. It is located in extreme northeastern Turkey, near the borders with Iran and Armenia. A number of claims by different explorers said to have found remnants of Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat have led to continuing expeditions to the mountain, many of which have focused their searches on the gorge area. More information on Mt. Ararat, visit here.

The anomaly itself, which lies surrounded by rugged strato-volcanic rock at the northwestern corner of Mt. Ararat’s western plateau, is over 980 feet long, and sits mostly buried underneath a permanent glacier. It first drew attention due to its relatively smooth surface texture, as well as its unusual physical composition. To read more on Mt. Ararat Anomaly, visit here.


Satellite Image of Canadian Rocky Mountain Trench

satellite-image-canadian-rocky_mountainsLandsat (15m) Satellite Image of the Canadian Rockies, Rocky Mountain Trench

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What appears to be a stroke of thick red paint is actually a remarkable interplay of light and cloud in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Trench, a valley that extends from Montana, USA, to just south of the Yukon Territory. Low clouds filled a part of the Trench near the border between the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. The light-reflecting nature of the clouds coupled with low sun elevation resulted in this startling effect. To read more on the Canadian Rockies, visit here.

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Satellite Image of Bear Glacier Alaska

ikonos-national-park-alaska IKONOS (1m) Satellite Image of Bear Glacier, Alaska

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Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about our planet and its climate on a global scale. Studying these satellite images and climate data collected over many years reveal the signals of a changing climate.

Scientists have been able to piece together a picture of the Earth’s climate dating back decades to millions of years ago by analyzing a number of surrogate, or “proxy,” measures of climate such as ice cores, boreholes, tree rings, glacier lengths, pollen remains, and ocean sediments, and by studying changes in the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

Bear Glacier Alaska is one of the larger outlet glaciers flowing from the northeastern part of Harding Icefield toward Resurrection Bay in the Kenai Fjords National Park in the Kenai Mountains. The park is a popular area for camping, hiking, exploring, and photography.

In 1809, Bear Glacier was 26 km long and ended about 300 m from the shore of Resurrection Bay. Since that time, the terminus has gradually melted and calved icebergs, retreating 400 m before 1950 and another 1,500 m between 1950 and the mid-1990s. Substantial retreat has occurred in the last 15 years. By 2000, the terminus of Bear Glacier was actively calving large numbers of icebergs, and the small marginal lake that had developed by 1950 was quite large. By 2004, the glacier had retreated more than 2 km farther, and by 2010, about another kilometer.


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Satellite Image of Patagonia ‘Valley of the Glaciers’

satellite photo patagonia chileASTER (15m) Satellite Image of Patagonia, Chile

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Chilean Patagonia begins at the Pacific ocean in Valdivia through Río Calle towards the cordillera of the Andes up to its highest peaks. There, where the waters flow to the Pacific Ocean, is the Chilean territory and where the water flows to the east towards the Atlantic ocean is a territory of Argentina. Chilean territory stretches from Valdivia to Cape horn, including the western side of Tierra del fuego island (62% of which is Chilean) in addition to all of Cape Horn and the Strait of magellan, to the north through the fjords to Chiloe island and Puerto Montt, and including in particular the Archeological site of Monte Verde, Puerto Varas, lake Llanquihue, Frutillar, Osorno and Valdivia.

ASTER satellite image (above) acquired on May 2, 2000 over the North Patagonia Ice Sheet. The false color composite displays vegetation in red and dramatically shows a single large glacier, covered with crevasses. A semi-circular terminal moraine indicates that the glacier was once more extensive than at present. Image credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

It can be said that Chilean Patagonia is divided into two types of territories: the “Patagonia Insular” which includes all the fjords and channels along the Pacific Ocean down to Tierra del Fuego, and the “Cordillera Patagonica” which includes valleys and glaciers towards the steep mountains of the cordillera where Argentinean Patagonia begins, where the valleys are more arid and the terrain persists in the cold desert known as “Pampa Patagonica”, towards the long route to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Perito Moreno Glacier – Patagonia, Chile

Image Credit: Luca Galuzzi