Southwest Greenland

Southwest Greenland
  • Credit:

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

On June 12, 2002, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image of southwest Greenland. Along the rugged coastline, snow is retreating and exposing the bare, rocky ground. in the myriad fjords and inlets, sea ice is retreating, and highly reflective silt, finely ground soil pulverized by the weight of Greenland’s massive ice sheets and glaciers, is staining the waters brown and blue-green.

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  • Data Date:

    June 12, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    June 20, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration