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Manam, Papau New Guinea

Manam, Papau New Guinea

The island volcano of Manam released a volcanic plume of ash and/or steam on August 26, 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite took this picture the same day. In this image, a dingy plume blows away from the volcano toward the northwest. Clouds often gather over peaks, and volcanoes are no exception; over Manam’s summit are opaque white clouds. To the west of the volcano is a brownish-green sediment plume pushing northward into the Bismarck Sea from mainland Papua New Guinea.

NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.