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Space photos of the day 07/19

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This image from NASA's Terra satellite covers an area of 34 by 25 miles over the southwest part of the Malaspina Glacier and Icy Bay in Alaska. The composite of infrared and visible bands results in the snow and ice appearing light blue, dense vegetation is yellow-orange and green, and less vegetated, gravelly areas are in orange. The Malaspina Glacier is currently thinning. Its terminal moraine protects it from contact with the open ocean; without the moraine, or if sea level rises sufficiently to reconnect the glacier with the ocean, the glacier would start calving and retreat significantly.

PHOTO: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDA C/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

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