The Great Lakes
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The Great Lakes

April 4, 2013
All five of the Great Lakes are visible in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image taken during the Aqua satellite’s afternoon overpass over the United States and Canada on April 5, 2004. The snow has largely disappeared from the United States, south of the Lakes, but lingers in Canada to the north. The inlets of Lake Superior in the north appear to be covered with a smooth white layer of ice. Below it Lake Michigan, left, and Lake Huron, right, are clear. Swirls of tan and green sediment cloud Lake Erie, probably as a result of spring run-off. The easternmost lake is Lake Ontario. Red dots mark the locations of several fires burning in the United States. Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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