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Banzare Sabrina and Budd Law Dome Coasts Antarctica
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Banzare, Sabrina, and Budd Law Dome Coasts, Antarctica

October 29, 2010
The black waters of the Southern Ocean form a stark backdrop to bright white land ice and shades of blues, grays and pale whites of the pack ice and clouds of the Banzare, Sabrina and Budd Law Dome Coasts, Antarctica, on an early spring day. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite captured this true-color image on October 14, 2010 as it passed over the region.

The area captured in this image is part of Wilkes Land, a large district in eastern Antarctica. It was once formally claimed as territory by Australia, the closest inhabited land mass, although this claim is in abeyance under the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), a set of agreements that regulate international relations with respect to Antarctica. The first part of the Treaty was opened for signature on December 1, 1959 and entered into force in 1961. It has been signed by 47 countries, including Australia. Among other items, the ATS sets aside the land as a scientific preserve, establishes freedom of scientific investigation and bans military action on that continent.


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