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British Columbia

June 12, 2009
Late spring turns to summer in British Columbia, in this image, captured by the MODIS on the Aqua satellite on June 3, 2009. The snow is melting off the Coast Mountains and the vegetation is turning brilliant green, though to the north, hints of winter's brown remain.

Off the coast of the mainland near the left center of the image are the Queen Charlotte Islands, a mountainous archipelago of over 150 islands. Further to the south is Vancouver Island. Near the shore a few white streaks from airplane contrails are visible over the Pacific Ocean. Inland, there are a few fires with visible smoke plumes. Any active fires spotted by the MODIS are marked with red dots.


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