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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Herbal Earth

a polar orbiting partnership produced an animated map using a year of global vegetation data

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, June 23, 2013/Categories: natural history, photography, sustainability, environment

Green is the color of the Earth and results from plants. We really depend on maintaining that color. Using a year's worth of global vegetation mapping data, the Suomi National Polar Partnership animated the photographs producing a vivid, depiction of the Earth's vegetated landscapes.

The Suomi project measures and monitors plant growth, vegetation cover, and biomass production gathered from the satellite data. According to Nasa: "High data values represent dense green functioning vegetation and low values represent sparse green vegetation or vegetation under stress from limiting conditions, such as drought."

Sustaining these collective green colors should be of interest to anyone who enjoys plants.


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