Image of the week: The Transantarctic Mountains

Transantarctic Mountains

Image: NASA / Michael Studinger.

This image of the Transantarctic Mountains was captured by NASA’s Operation Icebridge Antarctic campaign.

The Transantarctic Mountains, one of the longest mountain ranges on the planet, stretches for some 3,500km (2,200 miles) across Antarctica, cutting the continent in half and separating West Antarctica from East Antarctica. The summits of the mountains are among the few places in Antarctica not covered in ice.

The Icebridge Campaign works to measure the health of Earth’s polar ice, examining annual changes in thickness of sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets. This data is used to determine how the polar ice interacts with global climate systems, and predict how the ice will respond to climate change and the resulting rise in sea levels.