July 19, 2001
Since we're in the midst of summer, and yesterday's Picture of the Day focused on scorching temperatures in Death Valley, a cool thought or two might bring a little heat relief. The above MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) true-color satellite image shows the northern island of Novaya Zemlya (New Land) in the Arctic Ocean, located just north of western Russia. To the left of the island is the ice free Barents Sea, to the right, the still ice-filled waters of the Kara Sea. The northern half of the island is covered by glaciers. Even though the elevations are generally below 3,000 feet, the high latitude (75 degrees north) helps maintain the icy conditions. However, the glaciers have been retreating during the last 100 years. This image was taken on June 11, 2001.