A friend sent me this link because I love maps. After browsing it, I knew I had to share it with all of you.

This is three part series of dispatches from a the New York Time’s first reporting trip to Antarctica. You may have to give this site time to load because the animated maps are large. It is worth the wait though. Load up the site, go grab your favorite beverage, and come back.

Navigation is fairly minimal. You can scroll down the page to view the first part of the series which offers you animated maps and reporting. At the top of the page, you’ll find navigation options to head over to Parts 2 and 3 next to the title. At the top of each Part there is an animation of a section of Antarctica that follows the theme for the section, and beneath each map you’ll find the dispatch to read.

The maps are really cool. In Part 1,  they show the seventh continent and have flowing lines that depict how the ice is moving in Antarctica.  In Part 2, they show Antarctica from a top down perspective that changes as you scroll down depicting where there has been ice loss and growth on the continent. In Part 3, the map becomes the background of the web page and depicts the breadth of the continent. They are really incredible!

Go check it out for yourself today!