Date: Thu, 03.06.21 13:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 03 June 2021
Strait of Georgia, Salish Sea, Puget Sound and all that surroun
The afternoon of June 1, 2021, was bright and sunny over the Pacific
Northwest, allowing the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
(MODIS) on board NASA’s Terra satellite to acquire a gorgeous
true-color image of the Salish Sea, Canada (north), and the United
The blue waters of the southern Salish Sea separate Vancouver Island,
Canada from the Olympic Peninsula of the United States. The Salish Sea
includes an intricate network of connecting channels and adjoining
waterways, including the Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and
Puget Sound, which primarily lie in southwest British Columbia, Canada.
Named for the Salish indigenous people who live along the British
Columbia and Washington state (United States) coastline, these waters
form an extensive estuary system which is extremely rich in
biodiversity and is vital to the welfare of many millions of people who
live in the region.
Just above the center of the image, a large brown stain can be seen
between Vancouver Island and the coast of the mainland. This is the
outflow of the Fraser River, which drains roughly one-quarter the
British Columbia as it winds roughly 850 miles to reach Georgia Strait.
The brown stain comes from sediment and silt released along with fresh
water into the saline Strait from the Fraser. The Fraser River has
gained fame as the river with the largest salmon runs in North America.
Date Acquired: 6/1/2021
Resolutions: 1km (295.4 KB), 500m (773.8 KB), 250m (535.2
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC
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