Map Resources

ALE Topographic Maps

ALE has commissioned a series of topographic maps of the Ellsworth Mountains. The new maps are based on the latest datasets and satellite imagery and provide much greater detail than existing maps of the region. Read more about ALE Topographic Maps

The six maps in the 1:100 000 Ellsworth Mountain series cover the area from Mount Vinson in the north to Patriot Hills in the south. A seventh map, Ellsworth Mountains to South Pole provides an overview of ALE’s main operational area:


Vinson Massif


Minnesota Glacier


Schanz Glacier


Union Glacier


Meyer Hills


Patriot Hills


Ellsworth Mountains to South Pole


1:100,000 Map Location Panel

Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA No. 5): Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Overland expeditions approaching the South Pole must be careful to use designated approach routes and avoid restricted areas.

ASMA5_Map_5_2017.pdf (South Pole Approach Routes for expeditions, overview)

ASMA5_Map_6_2017.pdf (South Pole Approach Routes for expeditions, detail)

ASMA Maps 1-4 (Location and operational areas)

Other Map Resources

Other map resources are available on the web, including interactive satellite images, downloadable topographic maps and more.

Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica

The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) is the most geometrically accurate mosaic of Antarctica and has the highest spatial resolution. View online or download the satellite image (192 mb download) at

The Antarctica In Context factsheet accompanies LIMA, providing geographical information about the continent.

Various other maps are available for download from,

USGS Interactive Antarctic Atlas

The USGS interactive Antarctic Atlas lets you create your own satellite views of Antarctica. Zoom in on your area of interest and add overlays such as lat/long, station names, or geographic features.

USGS Topographic Reconnaissance Maps

Download USGS 1:250 000 topographic reconnaissance maps (e.g. Vinson Massif, Union Glacier, Liberty Hills, Mount Sidley, Mount Goodale, Liv Glacier, Mount Wistig) from the Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) website.

Not sure which map you need? Use the Antarctic Research Atlas to find out. Launch the viewer. Zoom into your area of interest. Use the layers tool and select Reference/Topographic Reconnaissance 250,000 labels, to overlay USGS Topo Reconnaissance labels onto your sat image. Check the name of the map for that area. Then download the topo map from the PCG website.

SCAR Composite Gazeteer of Antarctica

Search for Antarctic place names. Find coordinates and information.

Polar Geospatial Center (University of Minnesota)

1:5,500,000 map of Antarctic continent.

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