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This image of North Dakota was captured on June 11, 1996, by the NOAA-12 polar-orbiting weather satellite. It was created by coloring AVHRR channels 1, 2, and 3 red, green, and blue, respectively.

The forest-covered Turtle Mountains show as the prominent red ellipse on the North Dakota-Manitoba border.

The large body of water in the northeastern quadrant of the state is Devils Lake. Waters in this enclosed basin have no regular drainage. On the date of this AVHRR image, Devils Lake reached a 120-year high.

The Missouri River enters into west-central North Dakota. Its waters are held back (Lake Sakakawea) by Garrison Dam at the point where the river bends southward. The Missouri River marks the approximate limit of glaciation in the state. East and northeast of the river, the state is blanketed with glacial deposits. West and southwest of the river, the topography is largely bedrock-supported, with significant areas of badlands.

The Red River Valley, whose surface was once the bed of Glacial Lake Agassiz, reflects as bright blue along the North Dakota/Minnesota border.

The Coteau des Prairies, a bedrock upland thickly draped by glacial sediments, forms the orange-outlined, wedge-shaped landform whose point just juts into southeastern North Dakota.

(NOAA-12 AVHRR 1996 June 11 14:30 GMT, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University.
Provided through the courtesy of Ray Sterner, JHU-APL).

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