Last update: October 21st, 2019 at 9:00 am
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured a beautifully clear true-color image of Newfoundland on the last day of summer, September 22, 2015.
The rugged beauty of Canada’s large northern island can be seen even from space, with the greens of the boreal forest juxtaposed with the dark tans of the exposed ancient rocks and enhanced by the deep blue waters of fjords, rivers and lakes. Mainland Canada lies to northwest, separated from Newfoundland by the Gulf of St. Lawrence, while the Cabot Strait separates the island from Cape Breton Island, seen in the southwest. The jewel tones staining the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean mark a large bloom of phytoplankton – tiny plant-like organisms that multiply in huge numbers in this region each summer.