The rugged and windswept Falkland Islands are situated about 400 miles (600 km) east of Argentina and 850 miles (1,350 km) north of the Arctic Circle. The two main islands, West Falkland and East Falkland, are separated by the Falkland Sound and surrounded by at last 200 additional, small islands. A line of mountains runs along the north shore of both islands, leaving most of the rest of the treeless landscape in rich in grassland. This grassland has been used as pasture for cattle, sheep, and even a commercial herd of reindeer. Penguins, seals, a wide variety of birds, and a small population of people also call the Falklands home.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this true-color image of the Falkland Islands on September 29, 2019.