Vibrant reds, emerald greens, brilliant whites, and pastel blues adorn
this view of the area surrounding the Jakobshavn Glacier on the western
coast of Greenland. The image is a false-color (near-infrared, green,
blue) view acquired by the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer’s nadir
camera. The brightness of vegetation in the near-infrared contributes to
the reddish hues; glacial silt gives rise to the green color of the
water; and blue-colored melt ponds are visible in the bright white ice.
A scattering of small icebergs in Disco Bay adds a touch of glittery
sparkle to the scene.
The large island in the upper left is called Qeqertarsuaq. To the east
of this island, and just above image center, is the outlet of the
fast-flowing Jakobshavn (or Ilulissat) glacier. Jakobshavn is considered
to have the highest iceberg production of all Greenland glaciers and is
a major drainage outlet for a large portion of the western side of the
ice sheet. Icebergs released from the glacier drift slowly with the
ocean currents and pose hazards for shipping along the coast.
The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer views the daylit Earth
continuously and the entire globe between 82 degrees north and 82
degrees south latitude is observed every 9 days. The MISR Browse Image Viewer provides access to
low-resolution true-color versions of these images. These data products
were generated from a portion of the imagery acquired on June 18, 2003
during Terra orbit 18615. The image cover an area of about 254
kilometers x 210 kilometers, and use data from blocks 34 to 35 within
World Reference System-2 path 10.
Image by NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team. Text by Clare Averill (Raytheon/JPL) and David J. Diner (JPL).