The Alps

The Alps
  • Credit:

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

Snow covers the Alps in this true-color image acquired from MODIS data collected on March 4, 2002. The Alps are a particularly important geological formation, serving as a border between five nations: Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia (not visible). Visible in the middle of the image is Lake Geneva, a destination known for its winter sports. Snow also appears on the mountains southeast of Milan and on the island of Corsica.

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  • Data Date:

    March 4, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    March 6, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration