Antarctica coast off of Prydz Bay (latitude: -68.540, latitude: 79.329)
This work is part of our larger MapBox Satellite upgrades in the works, we are updating our coverage of Antarctica – adding significantly higher-resolution pansharpened Landsat imagery.
New seamless, natural color mosaic
Beautiful, Empty Land
The fifth-largest continent, with a total area of approximately 14 million square km, of which just 280,000 square km are ice-free, Antarctica has a population that ranges from about 1,000 in the winter months, to around 5,000 for the summer months – its busiest months.
Despite its sparse population, and being largely – almost entirely – uninhabitable, Antarctica is beautiful, and we are excited to let our users explore Antarctica with our new 15 meter pansharpened, natural color imagery.
*Before and After of MapBox Satellite Antarctica coverage
Left shows previous coverage; right shows new imagery. (latitude: -77.140, longitude: 165.793)*
OpenStreetMap contribution stats for Antarctica help add context. At the time of publishing, there were a total of 15,698,084 changesets made to OpenStreetMap’s coverage world-wide, of which 1,216 coincide with the continent of Antarctica. Compared to the 326,863 unique users who have contributed to OpenStreetMap world-wide, just 159 unique users have contributed to its coverage of Antarctica.