SeaWiFS: Lake Balkhash

SeaWiFS: Lake Balkhash
  • Credit:

    Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

These two SeaWiFS scenes of the area around Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan were collected on the 18th and 27th of April, 2000. Note the general brightening of the southwestern portion of Lake Balkhash. This could be caused by an influx of sediment-laden spring melt water from the mountains to the southeast. You can see that the snow cover in those mountains has decreased during the time between the two passes. Also, Lake Sayram in northwestern China (lower right corner) went from being ice-covered to mostly ice-free during the same time period.

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  • Data Date:

    April 18 - 27, 2000
  • Visualization Date:

    November 30, 2000
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS


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