The Antarctica Map Collection
If you’re searching for an Antarctica map to hang on your wall, then we just may have the trick for you.
Today, we’ll unveil some of the best maps of Antarctica including:
- Antarctica without ice
- Major landmarks of Antarctica
- An Antarctica satellite map
Let’s dive right in.
1. Antarctica Map with Landmarks
Antarctica is unique because it’s still relatively unchanged. For example, you’ll mostly find massive ice shelves, mountains, and subglacial lakes.
No one permanently lives in Antarctica. The only residents are temporary researchers and travelers.
So, Antarctica doesn’t have any populated places with official “city” status. But it does have some notable landmarks.
- The South Pole
- Antarctic Circle
- Kong (King) Haakon VII Hav
- Prydz Bay
- Weddell Sea
- Bellingshausen Sea
- Amundsen Sea
- Ross Sea
- Ellsworth Mountains
- Transantarctic Mountains
- Palmer Land
- Antarctic Peninsula
- Oates Land
- Queen Elizabeth Range
In a southern polar projection, thirteen inset maps surround the main map. Each one displays the surrounding islands of Antarctica.
I’m at a loss for words for how stunning it looks. Language is in German at a scale of 1:40,000,000.
3. Blue Marble Antarctica Satellite Map
You probably know Antarctica as that big, cold, white continent at the bottom of the world. And you’re right! It’s 98% ice. If you compare this on a global scale, it holds 90% of the world’s ice!
In this selfie of the South Pole, you can see how the “white continent” earned its nickname.
4. Map of Antarctica Research Stations
The most renowned research bases are Amundsen-Scott and McMurdo stations:
- AMUNDSEN-SCOTT: Amundsen-Scott is just a couple hundred meters away from the true South Pole.
- MCMURDO: McMurdo is the largest research facility located at the tip of Ross Island.
5. Antarctica Without Ice
NASA built it with over 25 million observations and named it BEDMAP 2.
By knowing bedrock, it’s the only way we can measure ice thickness, melting, and flow. Over time, we can better understand ice melt and climate change.
6. LANDSAT Antarctica Satellite Map
If you want an interactive version, you can view it on the USGS Atlas of Antarctica.
This Antarctica map has everything from geographic names, hydrography, and elevation.
7. Ozone Map of Antarctica
In fact, NASA states the ozone hole is the smallest it’s ever been on record. So, the ozone hole is one of the rare good news stories we need. This is all thanks to science and taking action on CFCs.
8. Territories Map of Antarctica
- Researchers can freely conduct investigations.
- Antarctica shall be for peaceful purposes.
- Countries cannot recognize claim.
So, even if you’re born in Antarctica, no person can lay claim to sovereignty. There are still people of “Antarcticans” descent. But they are a rare bunch. Just 10 people or so were born there.
This Antarctica political map shows all recognized national claimants including:
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
9. Ice Flow Antarctica Map
Miles of ice blanket Antarctica. But when the ice melts, how does it flow? As a system of tributaries, this map shows Antarctica as a system of rivers and creeks. Colors represent the velocity of ice flow.
10. Antarctic Animals Map
Antarctic animals have adapted to living under the harshest conditions. Penguins, seals, and whales are all warm-blooded. But they all have a thick layer of blubber to protect them from the cold.
In this Antarctica map, the paths show animal movement. See how they travel around the frozen terrain and ocean. The tracks include emperor penguins, seals, and important bird areas.
GIS fueled the creation of these maps.
Now, we want to hear from you:
How did you like the Antarctic maps? Is there anything we missed? Please let us know with a comment below.
1. Petermann, A. (1912) Süd-Polar-Karte. [S.l] [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2002624041/.
2. Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) Listed Facilities, 2017.
3. LIMA Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (15/240m) USGS / Rem. Sens. Environ., 2008. Bindschadler et al.
4. RAMP RADARSAT mosaic (100m) NSIDC, 1999/2013. Jezek et al.
5. MEOP CTD-Equipped Seal Tracks. GRL, 2013. Roquet et al.
6. Emperor Penguin Colonies. PLoS ONE, 2012. Fretwell et al.
7. Important Bird Areas (IBAs) BirdLife International, 2016. Harris et al.
8. MODIS mosaic (125m) NSIDC, 1999/2013. Haran et al., Scambos et al.
9. BEDMAP2 (1km) BAS/The Cryosphere, 2013. Fretwell et al.