Last update: January 24th, 2021 at 4:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at snow cover in eastern Europe and Russia that has been tinted orange. Orange snow in eastern Europe shown in image above.
Strong winds kicked up large amounts of dust from the Sahara Desert that blew across the Mediterranean Sea and fell on Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, and Russia, turning the snow a slight orange color.
This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board the Aqua satellite.
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Computer rendering of Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe is the eastern part of the European continent. There is no consistent definition of the precise area it covers, partly because the term has a wide range of geopolitical, geographical, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic connotations. There are “almost as many definitions of Eastern Europe as there are scholars of the region”. A related United Nations paper adds that “every assessment of spatial identities is essentially a social and cultural construct”. One definition describes Eastern Europe as a cultural entity: the region lying in Europe with the main characteristics consisting of Greek, Byzantine, Eastern Orthodox, Russian, and some Ottoman cultural influences. Another definition was created during the Cold War and used more or less synonymously with the term Eastern Bloc. A similar definition names the formerly communist European states outside the Soviet Union as Eastern Europe
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory