Bunge Lande in the Siberian Arctic. Bunge Lande in the Siberian Arctic Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the central region of Bunge Land in the Siberian Arctic.
Bunge Land is an Arctic desert that is mostly covered with sand. Most of the desert’s coastline sits at a low elevation and is extremely vulnerable to storm surges.
According to NASA, this is one of the most unusual places in the Siberian Arctic. The area is entirely different from the vegetated tundra and bedrock surfaces of its neighboring islands.
Bunge Land was named after the Russian explorer Alexander von Bunge. Due to its remote location, this region of Siberia has not been very well studied. Bunge Lande in the Siberian Arctic
The image was captured on September 11, 2020 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.
The Arctic is a polar region located at the northernmost part of Earth. The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean, adjacent seas, and parts of Alaska (United States), Canada, Finland, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden. Land within the Arctic region has seasonally varying snow and ice cover, with predominantly treeless permafrost (permanently frozen underground ice) containing tundra. Arctic seas contain seasonal sea ice in many places.
The Arctic region is a unique area among Earth’s ecosystems. The cultures in the region and the Arctic indigenous peoples have adapted to its cold and extreme conditions. Life in the Arctic includes zooplankton and phytoplankton, fish and marine mammals, birds, land animals, plants and human societies. Arctic land is bordered by the subarctic.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory