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East Coast Cities and Appalachian Mountains, USA – March 14th, 2012

39.2N 76.6W

March 14th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

USA - March 11th, 2012

Multiple cities can be observed along the eastern coast of the United States of American in this image, appearing as grey areas (best observed upon opening the full image). From the upper right, moving southwestward near the shoreline, one can see Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; New York City, New York; Trenton, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.

Visible further east are the Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian chain is a barrier to east-west travel as it forms a series of alternating ridgelines and valleys oriented in opposition to any road running east-west. These alternating ridgelines and valley appear as alternating lines of brown and green, respectively.

Boston and Coastline of Massachusetts, USA

42.3N 71W

February 29th, 2012 Category: Snapshots

USA - December 23rd, 2011

 This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows part of northeastern USA, including the state of Massachusetts. Boston, the state capital, appears as a white area on the right towards the center of the coastline. Massachusetts is the 7th smallest state in the United States, with an area of 10,555 square miles (27,340 km2). It is bordered on the north by New Hampshire and Vermont, on the west by New York, on the south by Connecticut and Rhode Island, and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean. It is the most populous New England state.

Massachusetts is called “the Bay State” because of several large bays, which distinctly shape its coast: Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay, to the east, and Buzzards Bay, to the south. A few cities and towns on the Massachusetts–Rhode Island border are adjacent to Narragansett Bay. At the southeastern corner of the state is a large, sandy, arm-shaped peninsula, Cape Cod. The islands Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket lie south of Cape Cod, across Nantucket Sound.

Boston is the largest city, at the inmost point of Massachusetts Bay, the mouth of the Charles River, the longest river entirely within Massachusetts. Most Bay Staters live in the Boston area, which cover most of eastern Massachusetts. Eastern Massachusetts is fairly densely populated and mostly suburban. Western Massachusetts is more rural and sparsely populated, especially in the Berkshires, the branch of the Appalachian Mountains that dominates the western quarter of the state. The most populous part of western Massachusetts is the Pioneer Valley, straddling the Connecticut River, which flows across Western Massachusetts from north to south.

New York City on Long Island, USA

40.7N 73.1W

May 23rd, 2011 Category: Snapshots

USA - May 1st, 2011

The cities of Boston (northwest of the Cape Cod Peninsula at the right), Providence (west of the peninsula), and New York (on Long Island, in the bottom left corner) can all be viewed in this image of northeastern USA.

Long Island is both the longest and the largest island in the contiguous United States, extending extends 118 miles (190 km) eastward from New York Harbor to Montauk Point. It has a maximum north-to-south expanse of 23 miles (37 km) between the northern Long Island Sound coast and the southern Atlantic coast.

Boston, by Boston Harbor and Providence, by Narragansett Bay, USA

42.3N 71W

May 19th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

USA - May 2nd, 2011

The cities of Boston, Massachusetts and Province, Rhode Island can be viewed northwest and west, respectively, of the Cape Cod Peninsula.

Boston occupies the shores of Boston Harbor, by Massachusetts Bay, while Providence is located along Narragansett Bay.

Visible to the south of the Cape Cod Peninsula are two islands: Martha’s Vineyard (left) and Nantucket (right).

Various Cities in Eastern Canada and Northeastern USA – November 1st, 2010

44.1N 74W

November 1st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

USA and Canada - October 13th, 2010

This image shows portions of eastern Canada and the northeastern USA. The dark blue body of water by the left edge is part of Lake Ontario, on the border between the two countries. The series of long, thin, parallel lakes to the south of Lake Ontario are the Finger Lakes of New York State, USA.

Extending diagonally to the northeast from Lake Ontario is the Saint Lawrence River. It passes the cities of Montreal and Quebec City on its way to the Gulf of Saint Lawrence (not visible here). Another city, Ottawa can also be observed west of Montreal, on the Ottawa River, one of the Saint Lawrence’s tributaries.

Moving southeast to the coast of the USA, the cities of Boston, Providence and New York can be seen as well. Boston is situated on the coast above the hooked peninsula of Cape Cod; Providence is south of Boston by the shores of a series of bays, and part of New York city can be observed by Long Island at the center of the bottom edge.