The Moraleda Channel in the Patagonian Andes • Earth.com

Last update: October 25th, 2020 at 9:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features an astronaut’s view of the Moraleda Channel in the northern Patagonian Andes. This region consists of diverse landscapes, including rivers, lakes, and glacial fjords.

Melimoyu is the large, ice-capped volcano located northeast of the Moraleda Channel, and is part of Chile’s national park system.

According to NASA, the land and water in this photo were entirely covered by ice roughly 25,000 years ago during the last glacial maximum. As massive glaciers retreated, they created interconnected fjords and channels. 

The image was captured on March 25,2020 by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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