June 3, 2009 - Kamchatka Peninsula

Kamchatka Peninsula

Snow and clouds dominate this image of the Kamchatka Peninsula, in Eastern Russia. It was captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite on May 31, 2009. The peninsula is flanked by the Sea of Okhotskoy in the west and the Bering Sea to the east.

Kamchatka is mountainous and volcanically active. On the image, you can see the Sredinnyy Khrebet Mountains running down the center. Some of its numerous volcanoes are easily visible east of this central mountain range. The highest of them, Klyuchevskaya Sopka, is 15,584 feet tall. The Shiveluch volcano, the northernmost volcano in this grouping (near the center of the image) is one of the most active volcanoes on Kamchatka.

On the eastern side of the peninsula are the Commander Islands. The clouds south of them have formed some loose vortices. These vortices are being formed by wind-driven clouds interacting with the highest point of the islands.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 05/31/2009
Resolutions: 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC