Snow covered southern Scandinavia in the earliest days of spring, 2013. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image on March 23, 2013.
Black borderlines have been placed on the image to delineate country boundaries. Norway, with the snow-shrouded Scandinavia Mountains lies in the west, and Sweden lies in the east. Ice covers the southern portion of Sweden’s bi-lobed Lake Vanern (west), while Lake Vattern (east), appears ice-free.
In the south, on the lower edge of the image, the tip of Denmark also wears a mantle of winter-white. Tan and teal-colored swirls paint the water of the North Sea on Denmark’s western coast. This color may arise from an early phytoplankton bloom, sediment from coastal run-off – or may be a combination of the two.