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Southeast Greenland
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Southeast Greenland

November 17, 2006

This image was captured by the MODIS on the Aqua satellite on November 5, 2006. Pictured is the southeast coast of Greenland, where the wind is blowing the snow in a plume out over the Atlantic Ocean. The clouds out over the ocean have a vaguely similar appearance to the ice, though the ice has a bluer cast to it.

Cold and snowy, about 81% of Greenland is covered by ice. The weight of this ice cap has actually depressed the central region of the island more than 300 meters below sea level! Most of the population lives among the fijords of the western coast, which is not covered by the ice cap.