Flooding of the Taz, Pur, and Yenisey Rivers, Russia
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Each spring and summer, rivers across Siberia experience flooding as the waters in the south begin to melt and run before the ice has retreated from the northern limits. The ice causes jams which are sometimes loosened up using explosives. This pair of MODIS images from June 18, 2002, shows flooding on the Pur (left), Taz (center), and Yenisey (right) Rivers in central Siberia.
In the false-color image, ice and snow are red, clouds are white, water is black, and vegetation is green. Bare soil is brown.