This image features the Patagonia region of Argentina. An area covering 670 000 square kilometres, Patagonia includes one of the world's largest deserts. Elevated highland sections of the Patagonian Plateau are visible along most of the eastern coast.
In the overcast western area of the scene is the Andes mountain range. In the north, the Valdes Peninsula is one of the most valuable wildlife areas in the world and provides the habitat for the southern elephant seal, sea lion and right whale.
Instrument: Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS)
Date of Acquisition: 24 March 2002
Orbit number: 00337
Instrument features: Full resolution image (300-meter resolution)