Cape Cod from Space

June 18, 2007


Provided by: NASA
Summary authors & editors: Earth Observatory, Jim Foster

The image above was acquired from the Landsat-7 satellite as it passed over Cape Cod, Massachusetts on June 22, 2002. This prominent 65 mile long (108 km) peninsula sticks out from the mainland into the Atlantic Ocean, forming Cape Cod Bay. Nantucket Sound is to its south. Cape Cod is thought to be the largest glacially formed peninsula in the world. It emerged from the ice when the Laurentide Ice Sheet retreated more than 10,000 years ago. This pseudo-natural color image is a composite of 3 visible and near infrared bands.

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