In September 2007, the Northwest Passage was ice-free for the first time since satellite records began. The passage is a direct route from Europe to Asia for ships traveling through the Arctic. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of the ice-free Northwest Passage on Sept. 15, 2007. Image Credit: NASA
Originally uploaded in EarthLabs:Climate and the Cryosphere.
Image 33167 is a 2400 by 3400 pixel JPEG
Uploaded: Apr26 12