The changing map of Antarctica
Scott Island and the adjacent 60 m high Haggitts Pillar. (Photo: John Mitchell, NIWA)
The seas of Antarctica are amongst the most inhospitable in the world, so it is not too surprising that historically their mapping has left a lot to be desired.
That is changing, however, as NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa carries scientists to Antarctica to survey islands and map the seabed.