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From: Dan Richter (1:317/3)
To: All
Date: Fri, 26.03.21 12:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 26 March 2021
March 26, 2021 - Beautiful Blue Lake Balkhash


Lake Balkash

Snow, cloud, and sand created a beautiful pastel backdrop for the
blue-tinted ice of Lake Balkhash in late March 2021. The Moderate
Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’s Terra
satellite acquired a stunning true-color image of the early spring
scene on March 25.

Lake Balkhash, spanning about 17,000 square kilometers (6,600 square
miles) in southeastern Kazakhstan, is one of Asia’s largest lakes.
Despite the lake’s large size, winters are harsh enough to keep the
lake frozen over from November through March. Although snow sweeps
across the landscape around the lake and tops the tall Tian Shan
Mountains in the south, signs of spring thaw can be seen in the ice
cover. A dark area close to the western coast appears to be open water
and sections of darker ice (where the ice has become filled with water)
can be seen in several areas across Lake Balkhash.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 3/24/2021
Resolutions: 1km (932.8 KB), 500m (2.5 MB), 250m (1.8 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

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