Floating islands in Loktak Lake, India • Earth.com

Last update: January 25th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Loktak Lake, India, which contains circular floating islands called “phumdis.”

These floating islands consist mainly of soil, vegetation, decomposing organic matter and have a spongy texture. When water levels get low enough during the dry season, the roots can touch the bottom of the lake to absorb nutrients.

This image was captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on board the Terra satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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