USGS EROS Archive - Landsat Legacy - Landsat Image Mosaic Of Antarctica (LIMA)

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Discover Antarctica in greater detail than ever before by exploring versions of the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA). Each version highlights different features of the landscape.

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Landsat Image Mosaic Of Antarctica (LIMA)

Landsat Image Mosaic Of Antarctica (LIMA)
of Ross Island (location of McMurdo Station), Koettlitz Glacier, and the Royal
Society Range.
(Public domain.)

In support of the International Polar Year (IPY 2007-2008), LIMA brings the coldest continent on Earth alive in greater detail than ever before through this virtually cloudless, seamless, and high resolution satellite view of Antarctica.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), created Landsat Image Mosaic Of Antarctica (LIMA) from more than 1,000 Landsat ETM+ scenes (Obtainable via EarthExplorer).

As the first major scientific outcome of the IPY, LIMA truly fulfills the IPY goals. LIMA is an international effort, supports current scientific polar research, encourages new projects, and helps the general public visualize Antarctica and changes happening to this southernmost environment. Researchers and the general public can download LIMA and all of the component Landsat scenes at no charge from

Coverage Maps

Coverage Maps indicating the availability of LIMA products are available for download.

Access Data

EarthExplorer can be used to search, preview, and, download the Original Landsat Scenes (Level-1 G1) used as input to the LIMA Mosaic. The collection is located under the Landsat Legacy > GLS LIMA (Antarctica).  Color Infrared (CIR) and Natural Color (RGB) mosaics are located under Landsat Legacy > LIMA Mosaics

The complete collection of Landsat Image Mosaic Of Antarctica (LIMA) original Landsat scenes and mosaic data products, such as CIR and RGB in different stretches, are available for search and download from

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

Landsat Image Mosaic Of Antarctica (LIMA) Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number: /10.5066/P9TEIU3H