Up until fall of 1997, the Antarctica maps had been very featureless, let alone, no one new what exactly was under that thick ice that covered it all. From Roughly 8000 images created by the Canadian Earth Observing satellite, using Synthetic Aperture Radar (Radarsat), once all the images were collected and assembled, a detailed mapping of Antarctica became available. They revealed ice flows and rough terrain, not only that, but they also revealed the exact shape of Antarctica under all that thick ice.
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- Satellite View of Antarctica
The Antarctica without the ice. Until now no sign of a lost civilisation from times after the continent detached from Gondwana supercontinent.
- Earth Observation Satellites – Canadian Space Agency
By observing the Earth from space, satellites provide essential information on ocean, ice, land environments, and the atmosphere.
- RADARSAT-1 – Canadian Space Agency
aunched in November 1995, RADARSAT-1 provided Canada and the world with an operational radar satellite system capable of timely delivery of large amounts of data.
- Antarctic mapping mission (AMM) – Canadian Space Agency
Antarctica, a region the size of Canada and Alaska combined, has never been fully mapped from space at high resolutions. The AMM was aimed at completing this mapping.