Rare view of Patagonia in South America - Earth.com

Rare view of Patagonia in South America. Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a rare, cloud-free view of Patagonia in winter. 

Due to year-round storms, the region is usually cloudy in satellite imagery. Rare view of Patagonia in South America as shown in the picture above shows the beautiful snow.

Professor René Darío Garreaud of the University of Chile noted that it is unusual to see such a widespread cloud-free area over Patagonia. In this case, a high pressure system had ushered in clear skies.

Patagonia covers more than one million square kilometers in the southern portion of South America.

The image was captured on June 26, 2020 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. It is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the north and east by the Atlantic Ocean; North America and the Caribbean Sea lie to the northwest. It includes twelve sovereign states: Argentina, BoliviaBrazilChile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, ParaguayPeru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela; one overseas department and region of France: French Guiana; and one British Overseas Territory: the Falkland Islands. In addition, the ABC islands of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ascension Island (dependency of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, a British Overseas Territory), Bouvet Island (dependency of Norway), Panama, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (a British Overseas Territory), and Trinidad and Tobago may also be considered parts of South America.


By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory




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