The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

As spring matures in North America, snow retreats to the lands north of the Great Lakes. In the northern Mid-Atlantic (right) and Upper Midwest (left) regions of the U.S., bare ground has been exposed, and a few scattered fires (red dots) indicate that farmers in the region may be clearing brush and preparing for spring planting. This true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) from the Aqua satellite on April 10, 2003, shows ice still clinging to shorelines in (west to east) lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. South of Lake Ontario in New York, slivers of dark blue water are the glacier-carved Finger Lakes.

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  • Data Date:

    April 10, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    April 11, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration