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September 17, 2014

U of M offers dazzling 360-degree Antarctic images

The University of Minnesota Polar Geospatial Center and Google are offering addictive new 360-degree photo images from the South Pole. The interactive images allow viewers to explore every nook and cranny of early polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s hut, for example.

There’s also the South Pole telescope.

“These are places that nobody can visit without tremendous effort and cost. This puts the glory of Antarctica at people’s fingertips around the world so everyone can be an ‘armchair’ polar explorer,” said Paul Morin, director of the National Science Foundation-funded Polar Geospatial Center in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering.

The U of M announced the unveiling of the images in a press release.

The public/private partnership provides new images to give public access to the outside and inside of historical huts, like that of Robert Falcon Scott, that served as bases from which explorers launched their expeditions a century ago, the U says. The huts were built to withstand the drastic weather conditions only for the few short years that the explorers inhabited them, but remarkably, the structures are still intact.

Give it a try on an image below – you can toggle around Shackleton’s hut using the arrows:


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