A view of the Grand Canyon from space • Earth.com

Last update: June 2nd, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Grand Canyon surrounded by snow in northern Arizona.

This photograph, which was captured by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS), offers an entirely different perspective from what can be seen on the ground.

In the image, the white snow represents cold plateaus located in high altitudes. Snow that fell to the lower elevations either did not reach the ground or quickly melted.

Dark green landscapes can be seen im the higher elevations, while the drier country below appears brown.The Grand Canyon (Hopi: Ongtupqa, Yavapai: Wi:kaʼi:la, Navajo: Spanish: Gran Cañón) is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, United States. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,093 feet or 1,857 meters).

The canyon and adjacent rim are contained within Grand Canyon National Park, the Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon–Parashant National Monument, the Hualapai Indian Reservation, the Havasupai Indian Reservation and the Navajo Nation. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited it on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery. 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


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