May 13, 2004
This Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) image shows the Alps totally covered by snow. This great mountain system of south central Europe forms an arc some 1200 km long from the Gulf of Genoa to the Danube River at Vienna. The Alps are the highest and most densely settled mountain belt of Europe. Visible landmarks are the Rin Valley seen in orange brown colour in the left part of the image, Lake Garda to the bottom part of the image on the Italian side of the Alps, and the Gulf of Venice, with the city itself in the bottom right part of the image.