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US Gov Releases Intelligence Images of Arctic Ice

Posted by feww on July 17, 2009

The United States gov releases spy images of Arctic ice

The United States gov has released about  1,000 intelligence images of Arctic ice soon after the National Academy of Sciences said they could help researchers make up a clearer picture of the impact of climate change.

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East Siberian Sea (Preview Gallery 2008). Source: GFL – Image ID: esiber_20080609_1

A total of about 1,200 images taken from six  sites around the Arctic Ocean, and22 sites in the United States, are posted online at gfl.usgs.gov/.

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Chuckchi Sea (Preview Gallery 2008). Source: GFL – Image ID:chuckchi_20080612_1

“The Arctic images have a resolution of about 1 yard (1 meter), a vast improvement on previously available pictures of sea ice, said Thorsten Markus of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.”

“These are one-meter-resolution images, which give you a big picture of the summertime Arctic,” Reuters reported Markus as saying on Thursday. “This is the main reason why we are so thrilled about it. One meter resolution is the dimension that’s missing.”

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