Picture of the Week—Snowy Peaks

The recent cold spell is getting a lot of attention, but we should all remember that it could be worse

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The recent cold spell is getting a lot of attention, but we should all remember that it could be worse. At least we don’t live in the Himalayas where, for example, the temperatures in June at the Everest Base Camp are just around freezing (and -13 degrees Fahrenheit at the summit!).

This picture, though, isn’t of the great mountain but of the mountain ridges of the eastern Himalayas in southwestern China. The 2001 photo was taken by the ASTER instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite and can be found in the USGS Earth as Art 2 collection of satellite imagery.