10 Aug '18, 10pm

Winter in the Andes

Every austral winter in the central Andes, fresh snowfall covers and fills the gaps between mountaintops that have more permanent snow and ice. The continuous strip of winter white is visible in this image, acquired on July 30, 2018, with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. (Browse images in Wordview to see what the range looks like during the austral summer.) Not all parts of the mountain range—one of the longest in the world—see equal amounts of the seasonal white stuff. The Andes span about 7,200 kilometers (4,500 miles) along the western side of South America, passing through multiple climate regions from dry to wet. This image shows a part of the Andes in central Chile and Argentina that bridges the two climate zones. Research into snowfall patterns has found that the largest areas of snow cover have occurred in this ce...

Full article: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92588/winter-in-...

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