Alaskan Peninsula and Aleutian Islands
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Alaskan Peninsula and Aleutian Islands

May 12, 2009
This image of the Alaskan Peninsula and Aleutian Islands was captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite on May 3, 2009. The Aleutians are a chain of islands that extend from Alaska toward the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. The corner of mainland Alaska is visible on the right side of the image and the islands wrap diagonally across the bottom half of the image. The Bering Sea dominates the upper left half of the image, and the Northern Pacific Ocean dominates the bottom right half. Kodiak Island is visible near the right center of the image between the mainland and the cloud cover over the Northern Pacific.

These Aleutian Islands are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a zone of volcanic activity caused by the shifting and moving of the Earth's crust.

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