ESA’s Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite captured New Zealand. Aotearoa is the Māori name for New Zealand.
Captured on Aug. 22, 2018, this image shows the snow-covered Southern Alps stretching 500 km across the west coast of the South Island. New Zealand has two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island—and around 600 smaller islands. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country’s varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions.
The local scenery of Aoraki/Mount Cook, the the highest point of New Zealand at 3,724m, is as follows.