Southern India and Sri Lanka
Southern India and Sri Lanka, in the Indian Ocean about 31 km (19.3 mi) south of the mainland, can be observed here. The two countries are separated by the Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar. The Bay of Bengal is on the upper right.
A phytoplankton bloom reaches across Palk Bay, filling the space between India and Sri Lanka. This bloom seems to have increased in intensity since the last time the area was observed on this website (click here for article).
The Cardamom Hills, part of the southern Western Ghats mountain range, can be observed on the southwestern part of South India.
The hills cover about 2,800 km² of mountainous terrain with deep valleys, and include drainage of the west-flowing Periyar, Mullakudy and Pamba rivers.
The crest of the hills form the boundary between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The highest peak in the range is Anamudi, with a height of 2,695 metres (8,842 ft) .
These hills experience average daily temperatures of 15°C in winter to 31°C in summer (April-May).
On the western side, two-thirds of the precipitation is received during the southwest monsoon from June to September. The areas also receive rainfall from the northeast monsoon (October-December) and from pre-monsoon showers (April-May).
The Cardamom Hills are comprised largely of several contiguous protected areas intended to restrict human access, protect specific endangered species and preserve some of the still undeveloped forest biomes.