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        Rain Shadows

        Observe the effect of mountains on regional climate in this gallery of natural-color satellite images from NASA. Natural-color images show landscape features near mountains of the United States, New Zealand, Bolivia, and Tanzania. Differences in vegetation on the windward and leeward sides of the mountains are clearly seen in these images. Click "Expand" to see the full image. 

        To view the Background Essay, annotated images, and Teaching Tips for this media gallery, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.

        The Pacific Northwest, United States

        This image from NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the landscape features of the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

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        South Island, New Zealand

        This image from NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the landscape of New Zealand’s South Island.

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        Bolivian Andes, Bolivia

        This image from NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite shows landscape features about 250 kilometers southeast of la Paz, the capital of Bolivia.

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        Mahale Mountains, Tanzania

        This image from NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite shows the landscape of Mahale Mountains National Park in western Tanzania.

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