This rare cloud-free scene of Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic
was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
on September 30, 2000. Other countries in the image are Lithuania and
the Kaliningrad province of Russia. The Carpathian Mountains arc through
Slovakia, appearing darker than the rest of the landscape because they
protrude above the haze that covers much of the region. To the northeast
is the Baltic Sea, which separates these countires from Scandinavia.
Image by the Earth Observatory team, based on data from MODIS.