Minimize Snow and Ice

This page features a selection of images that show snow and ice from around the world, both on land and at sea.

Formations of snow and ice can form artistic scenes which can be impressive to view.

Click on the thumbnail images to learn more and see larger versions of the images.


04 March 2014 - Southern Patagonia Ice Field - South America

This grand panorama of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field was photographed by a crew member aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on a rare clear day in the southern Andes Mountains on 13 February 2014. With an area of 13,000 square kilometres (5,000 square miles), the ice field is the largest temperate ice sheet in the Southern Hemisphere. Storms that swirl into the region from the southern Pacific Ocean bring rain and snow (between 2 to 11 metres of rainfall per year), resulting in the buildup of the ice sheet.

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


14 January 2014 - Lake Sharpe, South Dakota - United States of America

This astronaut photograph from the International Space Station shows Lake Sharpe, an approximately 130 kilometre (80 mile) long reservoir formed behind the Big Bend Dam on the Missouri River near Lower Brule, South Dakota. The lake surface is frozen and covered with snow, presenting a uniform white appearance.

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


08 January 2014 - United States of America

The first winter storm of 2014 swept across the northeastern United States on 01-03 January, bringing as much as 24 inches (61 centimetres) of snow to the hardest hit areas. The centre of the storm was over the North Atlantic Ocean when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite acquired this image at 10:55 a.m. Eastern Time on 03 January.

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


26 March 2013 - Onega District, Russia

This image of the Onega District of Arkhangelsk Region in Russia was acquired on 18 February by the SPOT 5 satellite.

Credit: Spot Image, ScanEx RDC 2013


21 March 2013 - Skagerrak Strait

Another Envisat image, acquired 31 January 2012, shows the Skagerrak Strait, which divides Norway and Denmark in this image. Clouds cover the North Sea and sweep down to the strait between Denmark (lower-right corner) and Norway (upper-centre) in this view.

Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)


15 March 2013 - Novaya Zemlya archipelago

This Envisat image from 19 March 2012 shows the elongated islands of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, the mainland of northwestern Russia and an ice-covered Kara Sea. The Barents Sea is off the islands' west coast. Located completely within the Arctic Circle, Novaya Zemlya is an extension of the Ural Mountains. Average temperatures range from about −22ºC in January to just over 6ºC in July.

Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)


01 February 2013 - Kangerdlugssuaq glacier, Greenland

The Kangerdlugssuaq glacier and its ice stream are pictured in this Landsat-7 image. It is the largest outlet glacier on Greenland's east coast, discharging ice into the surrounding oceans. In this image we can see hundreds of icebergs speckling the water. Greenland is home to one of only two ice sheets on Earth - the other in Antarctica - and is the world's largest island.

Credit: United States Geological Survey (USGS), European Space Agency (ESA)


11 January 2013 - The French Alps

This MetOp-B AVHRR image, acquired 05 January 2013, shows the snow-covered Alps and Pyrenees and low clouds (stratus) over large parts of France, some mountain wave formations and high-level contrails.

Credit: EUMETSAT 2013


08 January 2013 - Winter in southern Greenland

As the year 2012 drew to a close, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this scene of sea ice, land ice, and fresh snow in southern Greenland. It is a fairly typical wintertime scene, but one that illustrates both seasonal and thousand-year changes.

Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response


04 January 2013 - Altai Territory, Russia

This UK-DMC2 image shows the Altai Territory of Russia under a blanket of snow, acquired on 19 December 2012.

Credit: DMCii, ScanEx RDC 2012


03 January 2013 - North central Siberia

North central Siberia is pictured in this Envisat image from 5 March 2012. An enormous area in north Asia, Siberia spreads from the Urals in the west to the Okhotsk Sea in the east, from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the borders of Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China in the south.

The majority of the area pictured lies above the Arctic Circle. This is also an area of continuous permafrost, where the soil is at or below freezing throughout the year.

Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)


24 December 2012 - Petermann Glacier, Greenland

This image acquired by the UK-DMC2 satellite in July 2012, shows a Manhattan-sized iceberg breaking away from the Petermann Glacier in a so-called 'calving' event. Satellites also tracked another large iceberg break free of the glacier in 2010, but it is not yet clear what the specific cause for this degradation is.

Credit: UK-DMC2 image © DMCii, 2012. All rights reserved.


21 December 2012 - Kazan City, Russia

This SPOT-5 image, acquired on 12 December 2012, shows Kazan City in Russia. The Kazanka River, which divides the city can be seen in the left portion of this image, frozen over in the icy conditions.

Credit: Spot Image, ScanEx RDC 2012


19 December 2012 - Agricultural fields under snow, China

This astronaut photograph, taken on 18 November 2012, highlights hundreds of rectangular fields on either side of a 36-kilometre (22-mile) stretch of the Songhua River, in China. Some fields are easier to see than others due to the winter snow cover.

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


13 December 2012 - Frozen Aral Sea

This view from the UK-DMC2 satellite shows a portion of landfast-ice in the Aral Sea between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Landfast ice is sea ice that forms along coasts and becomes attached to them.

Credit: UK-DMC2 image © DMCii, 2012. All rights reserved