Spring Runoff in the Baltic Sea
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Spring Runoff in the Baltic Sea

April 2, 2004
April 1, 2004, was a sunny spring day for most of Scandinavia and the Baltic States, though a region of hazy air lurked offshore to the west and to the south. The cloud-free skies gave the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) on the OrbView-2 satellite a clear view of the Baltic region. On the left, the lingering snow highlights the varied geology of the Scandinavian Peninsula. The thick snow that clings to Norway’s mountains provides a stark contrast to the dark fingers of water, fjords, that cut into the land, making it appear even more formidable. To the east, the snow has largely melted, remaining only in Sweden’s northern highlands. The forests of the south are bringing hints of green to the winter-brown land.

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