Satellite map of North America’s largest glacier shows ‘hidden lagoon’ and other secrets

NASA has released a trippy, technicolor satellite photo of Alaska’s Malaspina Glacier, which makes the massive ice mass look like a fiery, rippling blob of paint. The new image highlights recent discoveries at the glacier, including a “hidden lagoon.” 

The glacier, in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park on the state’s southeastern coast, covers around 1,680 square miles (4,350 square kilometers), making it North America’s largest glacier and the world’s largest piedmont glacier — a type of lobed glacier that spills out from mountains onto flattened ground.