British Columbia

British Columbia
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

As the snow melts off the Coast Mountains, and late spring begins to turn to summer, the coast of British Columbia, Canada has turned a brilliant emerald green, though hints of winter’s brown remain in the north. Offshore in the center of the image are the Queen Charlotte Islands, a mountainous archipelago of over 150 islands. White airplane contrails streak over the Pacific Ocean near the shore, accompanied only by scattered wispy clouds. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this scene on June 3, 2004.

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  • Data Date:

    June 3, 2004
  • Visualization Date:

    June 22, 2004
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration