South Island of New Zealand
October 24, 2001
The above image of the South Island of New Zealand was taken on June 5, 2001 from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor on board the Terra satellite. In early June, it's late winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and the Southern Alps are almost completely snow covered. Mt. Cook (about 12,300 feet), the highest point on New Zealand, is located between the 2 elongated glacial lakes at the bottom left, along the spine of the Southern Alps. The larger lake is Lake Pukaki and the smaller lake to the northeast is Lake Tekapo. Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island is just above the spur-like peninsula, Banks Peninsula, at the upper right. The Rakaia River can be seen below the spur.