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Southern Greenland
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Southern Greenland

September 24, 2004
Snow and ice recede from the western side of southern Greenland in this true-color Aqua MODIS image from August 7, 2004. As summer settles over then Northern Hemisphere, increased temperatures bring a brief growing season to even remote landscapes. But despite the warmer conditions, Greenland's ice sheet continues to dominate the interior of the huge island. Icebergs and chunks of sea ice salt the deep blue waters of the Northern Atlantic, especially in the waters off the island's western coast. And in the fjords, melting ice and snow carry sediments with them, which turns the water in the fjords shades of tan, green, and turquoise. On the eastern face of Greenland, sea ice gathers like foam along the edge of the island.