Last update: June 20th, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Snow covers Mongolia in patches in this true-color Aqua MODIS image from December 21, 2003. Mongolia sits at an extremely high altitude; no point is lower than 1,800 feet (550 meters), while the highest point stretches to 15,266 feet (4,653 meters). Snowfall is normally light and blows away quickly during the winter, so to see this much snow on the ground at once is rather unusual.
Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC