Coats Land, Ronne Ice Shelf, Filchner Ice Shelf, and Weddell Sea, Antarctica
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
This true-color image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite shows a portion of the West Antarctic coastline from about 60 degrees West (left) to about 20 degrees West (right). The image span (left to right) The Ronne Ice Shelf and Filchner Ice Shelf (the two are separated by Berkner Island, whose outline is barely visible just left of the center of the image), and Coats Land. At bottom right, a few rocky peaks are visible through the snow, and are known as the Shackleton Range.