mapboxSvalbard: High in the Arctic is Svalbard, a group of mountainous, mostly glacier-covered islands. Although they’re very cold—this Landsat 8 image is from late August, yet there is still snow near sea level—they’re the most hospitable land at the latitude. This makes them valuable for communicating with satellites in polar orbits. Like millions of others since early in the space age, this image itself was transmitted from the satellite to one of the radio antennas that appear as tiny white dots on the hill over the airport. On the slope between the antennas and the airport is the entrance to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a highly secure bunker where scientists from all over the world submit samples of vital crops in case of nuclear war or catastrophic climate change. At the right edge of the frame is Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world. #nofilter
- everythingisablaze@tilgovi Small barge
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