|Current satellite image of Antarctica|
Sometimes there are large, irregularly-shaped black regions on this image. These are missing data -- sometimes the satellites don't cover the whole area. The satellites are often designed to give complete coverage for more populated areas, meaning that the more remote areas aren't covered as well. Sometimes too, data is just lost in transmission due to solar activity or other technical problems. Try again later, and the black areas will have moved or vanished altogether.
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