GIS Whizzes Get Antarctica on Google Maps

The editor of the Antarctic Sun says that while Antarctica has always been viewable in Google Maps, the imagery was "about as sharp as the graphics in Pong." The folks at the Polar Geospatial Center came to the rescue.

The Polar Geospatial Center, a project of the University of Minnesota, has updated almost 1,000,000 square kilometers of imagery for both poles, reports Peter Rejcek:

"The informal partnership took shape about a year ago, facilitated by a Google employee on sabbatical who worked a summer season at the South Pole Station's External U.S. government site computer help desk.

[Team leader Paul] Morin and his team of mostly students provide Google with a list of Antarctic regions - from the ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys External U.S. government site to ice shelves to subantarctic islands - that are scientifically and logistically important."

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