15 Oct '11, 1pm

New view of the Antarctic Peninsula from our Aqua satellite as Operation IceBridge resumes science flights.

For the third consecutive October, NASA research aircraft are flying over Antarctica in search of clues about the health and dynamics of the frozen continent's massive ice sheets and shelves. Part of the NASA-funded IceBridge mission, planes carry instruments to measure the thickness of snow and ice, as well as the shape of the land and seafloor beneath the ice. On October 5, 2011, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this clear view of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Larsen Ice Shelf, and the sea ice covered waters around the region. The Peninsula stands out as the raised terrain amidst the ice from the lower left to upper middle of the image. Ninety-eight percent of Antarctica is covered in ice. The Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost tip of the continent, is essentially a mountain range mostly covered by that ice. In...

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=76149

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