Hokkaido (Japan) and Kuril Islands (Russia)

Hokkaido (Japan) and Kuril Islands (Russia)
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Snow is clinging to the higher elevations of the mountains of Hokkaido, Japan (lower left), in this MODIS image from May 14, 2001. Stretching northward in an arc away from Hokkaido, the Kuril Islands are covered in snow, and the Sakhalin Peninsula (upper left) is only beginning to thaw out from winter.

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  • Data Date:

    May 14, 2001
  • Visualization Date:

    January 28, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration