Atlasov Island in the Russian Far East •

Last update: January 20th, 2021 at 9:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Atlasov Island, which is located near the southern tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. 

The island, which was formed by the Alaid Volcano, is part of a volcanic archipelago known as the Kuril Islands. This archipelago stretches from northeast Japan to Kamchatka. 

Across the slopes of the central mountain, channels and gullies that have been carved out by liquid water and ice are highlighted by snow as they extend toward the shoreline.

Atlasov is the northernmost island and volcano. Alaid is still active, with reports of ash plumes as recently as September of 2019.

The image was captured by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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