June 1, 2011
The contrasting colors of fall in New England are captured on this northward-looking photo of Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket Island, and the famous hook-shaped Cape Cod. Light-colored patches of urbanization are scattered throughout the scene, the most evident being the greater Boston area along the shores of Massachusetts Bay. The cape is composed of rock debris that, according to NASA scientists studying Columbia's photo collection, was deposited along the end of glacier some 20,000 years ago.
Topics: Geography of Massachusetts, Geography of the United States, Massachusetts, Environment, Nantucket, Massachusetts, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, cape Cod