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18 May 2006

NSIDC Data Viewable Using Google Earth

Screenshot showing northern hemisphere with permafrost, snow, ice, and other details
Figure 1. Sample screen shot of the NSIDC data that Google Earth users can view. Full-screen zoom

NSIDC has made a select set of data viewable through the popular interactive desktop application, Google Earth.

Currently, Google Earth users can view permafrost, snow, sea ice extent, and photographs of glaciers (see Figure 1).

Distribution of permafrost, snow, and ice are displayed as overlays on the Google Earth base map. Snow and ice information are updated daily. The glacier photographs are indicated by individual “push pins” that reveal the actual photograph when clicked.

For more information, please visit NSIDC’s Google Earth Web page at To download Google Earth's free application, visit