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Here are some cool pictures of glaciers, literally. You can turn any of these images into your computer desktop wallpaper. Just click on an image to enlarge it, and then right-click and choose “Set as Desktop Background”.
This is an image of the Chapman Glacier located in Ellesmere Island, Nunavut Territory, Canada. This was taken by the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) on March 30, 2009.
This image of the Malaspina Glacier in Alaska, USA was captured during the STS-68 mission of the space shuttle Endeavour on October 1994. Malaspina Glacier covers an area of 3,900 square kilometers.
Here’s an image of the Himalayan Glaciers in Bhutan taken by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) flying aboard NASA’s Terra satellite on November 20, 2001. The Himalayan Glaciers stores about 12,000 cubic kilometers of freshwater which made it an important source of freshwater of the major rivers in Asia.
This image of the Byrd Glacier in Antarctica was generated from the data gathered by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument flying aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. Byrd Glacier is a major glacier in the Antarctica due to its large chunk measuring 136 km long and 24 km wide.
Here’s a nice view of the the 39-kilometer long Brady Glacier and Glacier Bay in Alaska, USA. This image was taken during the STS-68 mission of the space shuttle Endeavour.
If you’d like to see more pictures of glaciers, check out the NASA’s ASTER Homepage, and here’s a link to The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth Homepage.
We’ve also recorded related episodes of Astronomy Cast about the Earth. Listen here, Episode 51: Earth.