Continents revealed by cloud cover

Cloud fraction data collected by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite. Colors range from blue (no clouds) to white (totally cloudy).

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The highest contrast occurs where the difference between moist ocean and very dry areas of land is greatest. Unsurprisingly South America’s Atacama, with its perfect storm of dry conditions, stands out immediately. As does Oz.

Read more at Earth Observatory’s Image of the Day.

[h/t NOVA Geoblog]


One response to “Continents revealed by cloud cover

  1. I also see northeastern Brazil, which also is usually very dry stands out.

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