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Snow and White Sands, USA

32.7N 106.3W

February 21st, 2013 Category: Deserts, Mountains

USA – January 22nd, 2013

White snowfall rests on the terrain of the western United States of America, sitting atop mountain peaks and over the valleys in between. Another white area is visible in the lower right quadrant; however, this is due to the color of the White Sands National Monumento rather than the snow to the north. The monument  consists of the southern part of a 710-km² (275-mi²) field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals in the state of New Mexico.

Snowfall Over the Alps and Fog Across Northern Italy

45.4N 9.1E

February 17th, 2013 Category: Mountains

Italy – January 26th, 2013

The Alps, one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, are covered in snow in this winter image. The mountains stretch approximately 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) across eight countries from Austria and Slovenia in the east, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, France to the west and Italy and Monaco to the south. Here, a fog can be seen extending over northern Italy, from the Alps, across the valley of the River Po, to the northern slopes of the Apennines.

Heavy Snow Across the United Kingdom

51.5N 0.1W

January 28th, 2013 Category: Rivers

UK – January 26th, 2013

Much of the United Kingdom was affected by heavy snowfall last week. Here, snow can be seen blanketing southeast England, down to the sediment-laden Thames Estuary (bottom), east of London. Over seven centimeters of white powder were reported after the first night of snowfall. The snow caused hundreds of school closings, particularly in the Midlands, as well as road closures, and delays and cancellations for both trains and flights.

Snow Over Taklamakan Desert, China

37.1N 79.9E

January 24th, 2013 Category: Deserts

China – January 7th, 2013

While deserts are usually associated with an imaginary of scorching temperatures and moistureless terrain, they can actually be quite cold. This image shows snow on the Taklamakan Desert, in northern China, a relatively common occurrence in winter. Visible through the snow are the White Jade (Yurungkash) and Black Jade (Karakash) Rivers, which flow north from the Kunlun Mountains into the desert, later converging to form the Hotan River.

Snow and Lakes in Southwestern USA

36.1N 114.4W

January 19th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Mountains

USA and Mexico – January 17th, 2013

Snow covers mountain ranges in southwestern USA, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which border the San Joaquin Valley, in southern California (upper left quadrant). The snow contrasts with the more arid land between ranges and in Mexico (lower half of image). Visible in the snow-free areas are bodies of waters such as the three-pronged Lake Mead (above center), in Arizona and Nevada, Lake Powell, surrounded by snow near the top edge, in Arizona and Utah, and the Salton Sea, in California near the Mexican border and northwest of the Gulf of California.