The northern Patagonian Andes in Chile • Earth.com

Last update: September 20th, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the northern Patagonian Andes in Chile, a region known for its glacial fjords and temperate rainforest.

About 25,000 years ago, during the glacial maximum, all of the volcanos and fjords visible here were completely covered in ice. 

Active volcanoes such as Melimoyu and Mentolat, which are both part of Chile’s national park system, still contain small ice caps today. 

This image of the Patagonian Andes 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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