Western Canada 04/28/03

MODIS image of Canada

MODIS true color image of Western Canada on the 28th of April 2003.

Snow still coats the higher elevations of northwestern Canada and southeastern Alaska in this true-color Terra MODIS image acquired on April 28, 2003. The left side of the image features two major mountain ranges - The Coast Mountains, which continue down into the US' northern California; and the beginnings of the Rocky Mountains (starting at left center and continuing southeast). On the right side of the image, the lowland plains of northern Canada show in shades of dark green, brown, and red, and are dotted with countless lakes and rivers, which show up as a frozen white. The large lake in the upper right corner of the image is the Great Slave Lake, which was named for the Slave (Dogrib) tribe of Native Americans. This second-largest Canadian lake is fed primarily by the Hay and Slave Rivers, and drains into the Arctic Ocean via the Mackenzie River.

Image and text courtesy of NASA's MODIS Land Rapid Response Team.