The North and South Islands of New Zealand

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

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Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

The North and South Islands are separated by the Cook Strait, which may appear to be harmless enough. But in fact, the Cook Strait is infamous for its extremely rough waters which are caused by the “Roaring Forties,” a swift belt of winds that whip around the planet at 40 degrees south.

This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory