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Remote Views

Author: Guest Writer/Saturday, January 26, 2013/Categories: Uncategorized

Orbiting cameras provide exceptional opportunities to view of landscapes on Earth. Two new examples provide vivid stories of such remotely derived observations.

A satellite image of the Sundarban Forests of Bangladesh and India was produced by the the University of Maryland and the USGS. The Sundarbans are the largest area of remaining mangrove forests anywhere in the world. The waterlogged forests consist of labyrinthine channels, mudflats, and islands at the edge of the Bay of Bengal. Bengal tigers, sharks, crocodiles, freshwater dolphins, and hundreds of bird species exist within the spiny forests. The area is protected as the Sundarban National Park. Here the protected forest appears deep green while surrounding cultivated landscapes appear lighter green and towns are tan. Shrimp ponds for export aquaculture are now cultivated right up to the boundary of the national park.

In the second image, the massive fires that have recently hit numerous areas of Australia are seen in an infrared photograph of a fire scar---in red---covering a wide swath of native eucalyptus forest. The Yarrabin fire erupted in the mountains of New South Wales earlier this month during a period of extreme heat and drought. It burned nearly 30,000 acres before being extinguished by Australian firefighters aided by cooler temperatures and some rains.

In these two instances remote satellite viewpoints produced vital maps for proper wildland conservation and management.


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