Commander Islands Bering Sea
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Commander Islands, Bering Sea

November 19, 2007
The Commander Islands, in Russian "Komandorskiye Ostrova," float east of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Bering Sea. This true-color Terra MODIS image from May 3, 2005, shows the tiny islands covered in bright white snow against the deep black open water. The islands - Bering island in the west and Mednyi Island in the east - support a small population of Russians and Aleuts that supports itself on fishing and hunting whales. Bering Island lies on the International Timeline, and both tend to be foggy and experience earthquakes.

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