The Pacific Northwest
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The Pacific Northwest

June 17, 2007

June 2, 2007 was a relatively clear day in the Pacific Northwest, as shown in this image captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite. Portions of Washington State, Oregon, and the Canadian province of British Columbia (like Vancouver Island) are visible, though clouds hug the coastline.

Vancouver Island is located in the left center of the image. From north to south (top to bottom) the cities of Vancouver (to the right of and across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver Island) and Seattle (along Puget Sound) look like light brown patches along the coastline.

The forests along the coast are colored dark green. The Coast Mountains are capped by glaciers, colored white. The Cascade Range blocks moisture coming in from the Pacific Ocean, creating the arid conditions of the Columbia Plateau to the east.

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