Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Satellite image shows annual expansion of Antarctic sea ice

On Sunday, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image of sea ice off the coast of East Antarctica’s Princess Astrid Coast.

White areas close to the continent are sea ice, while white areas in the northeast corner of the image are clouds.

The image was acquired after Antarctic sea ice had passed its annual minimum extent (reached on Feb. 20), and had resumed expansion toward its maximum extent (usually reached in September).

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