The Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Vast stretches of sea ice link Alaska’s Aleutian Islands in this true-color Terra MODIS image from January 3, 2004. This chain of volcanic islands stretches in an arc over 1200 miles long from the Alaskan Peninsula almost to Russia’s Komanorski Islands. They separate the Bering Sea from the northern Pacific Ocean, and are almost all part of the Aleutian National Wildlife Reserve. Phytoplankton clouds line the northern edges of the sea ice, creating a bluish-green halo.