Satellite Image of Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

satellite image mount nimbaSPOT-6 (1.5m) Satellite Image of Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve,Guinea

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Mount Nimba is a protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site in both Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire. A further extension of the reserve to include areas in Liberia has also been proposed. The park includes significant portions of Mount Nimba, a geographically unique area with more than 200 endemic species. These species include multiple types of duikers, big cats, civets, Chimpanzees, and several types of viviparous toads.

Mount Nimba serves as refugium for numerous Western African species. Mountains contain species rich tropical forest at the height of 600 – 1000 meters and montane grassland at the heights exceeding 1000 meters. Here have been found more than 2000 species of vascular plants.

The nearest major settlements are the town Yekepa to the west in Liberia, Bossou and N’Zoo in Guinea.

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Satellite Image of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan

satellite image el capitan yosemiteIKONOS (0.8m) Satellite Image of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan

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Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. Yosemite was central to the development of the national park idea.

Yosemite is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, and the park supports a diversity of plants and animals. The park has an elevation range from 2,127 to 13,114 feet (648 to 3,997 m) and contains five major vegetation zones: chaparral/oak woodland, lower montane forest, upper montane forest, subalpine zone, and alpine. Of California’s 7,000 plant species, about 50% occur in the Sierra Nevada and more than 20% within Yosemite. There is suitable habitat or documentation for more than 160 rare plants in the park, with rare local geologic formations and unique soils characterizing the restricted ranges many of these plants occupy. Visit Yosemite National Park…

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Satellite Image of Nazca Lines in Peru

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The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 kilometres (50 mi) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana about 400 km south of Lima. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 400 and 650 AD. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, orcas, and lizards.

The lines are shallow designs made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles and uncovering the whitish/grayish ground beneath. Hundreds are simple lines or geometric shapes; more than seventy are zoomorphic designs of animals such as birds, fish, llamas, jaguar, monkey, or human figures. Other designs include phytomorphic shapes such as trees and flowers. The largest figures are over 200 metres (660 ft) across. Scholars differ in interpreting the purpose of the designs, but in general they ascribe religious significance to them. Read more about the Nazca Lines.

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Satellite Image of Waldo Canyon Colorado Fires

satellite image colorado firesGeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Waldo Canyon Colorado Fires, Colorado Springs

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This one-meter resolution, satellite image shows a portion of a neighborhood on Brogan’s Bluff Drive and Rossmere Street, which is located just west of Flying W Ranch Road and the Mountain Shadow neighborhood. The image shows the extent of the damage after the Waldo Canyon Fire ripped through northwest Colorado Springs, Colorado. According to officials the fire began on June 23, 2012 and is now the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history. This type of imagery is frequently used to assess and measure damage to forest and other types of land cover. It is also used for fire modeling, disaster preparedness, insurance and risk management and disaster mitigation efforts to control erosion or flooding after the fire is out. GeoEye tasked its GeoEye-1 satellite to collect this image on July 1, 2012, while flying 681 km (423) miles above the Earth at an average speed of 17,000 mph (four miles per second.)

Satellite Image of High Park Colorado Wildfires

satellite image high park fire coloradoWorldview-2 (0.5m) Satellite Image of High Park Wildfires in Colorado

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This satellite image of the High Park Colorado wildfires burned over thousands of acres, destroyed more than 100 structures including more than 30 homes in the rugged mountain canyons.

This is a false color satellite image captured by the Worldview-2 satellite showing an overview of the High Park Fires. In this image, red areas are healthy vegetation and black areas are burnt.

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Satellite Image of Yukon River Delta

satellite photo yukon delta alaska north slopeLandsat 7 – ETM+ (15m) Satellite Image of the Yukon Delta

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The Yukon River Delta is one of the largest river deltas in the world originates in British Columbia, Canada, and flows through Yukon Territory before entering Alaska. In southwestern Alaska, the Yukon Delta spreads out in a vast tundra plain, where the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers meander toward the Bering Sea. Looking a little like branching and overlapping blood vessels, the rivers and streams flow through circuitous channels toward the sea, passing and feeding a multitude of coastal ponds and lakes.

The Yukon Delta is an important habitat for waterfowl and migratory birds, and most of the protected refuge is less than 100 feet (30 meters) above sea level and is  currently (2010) protected as part of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Over such low-lying, mostly treeless terrain, the rivers can change course frequently and carve new channels to find the fastest route toward the sea.

Water abounds in this region today, but it was once far drier. Starting nearly two million years ago, a series of ice ages spawned massive Northern Hemisphere glaciers. As the glaciers grew, sea levels fell. About 20,000 years ago, sea level dropped enough to expose Beringia—a wide expanse of grassland between Eurasia and North America. The grassy plain provided not just a corridor for migrating wildlife, but also a home to the ancestors of today’s Native Americans. People have lived here for thousands of years, and the Yukon Delta is one of Alaska’s most populated rural areas, home to thousands of Yup’ik people. The area has virtually no roads; travel is by Bush plane, or by river boats in summer and snow machines in winter. To read more on the Yukon Delta, visit here.

Satellite Images of 2011 – Making History

GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Egyptian Protests in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt

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GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Tsunami Damage at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Okuma, Japan

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GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Tsunami Damage in Sendai, Japan

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GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Easter Services at St. Basilica’s Church, Vatican City, Rome

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IKONOS (0.8m) Satellite Image of Tornado Damage in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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IKONOS (0.8m) Satellite Image  London, England - Royal Wedding Route

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GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Space Shuttle Endeavor’s Last Voyage

Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

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IKONOS (0.8m) Satellite Image of Osama bin Laden’s Compund in Abbottabad, Pakistan

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WorldView-2  (0.5m) Satellite Image of Mississippi River Flooding in New Madrid, Missouri

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GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Missouri River Flooding in Bismarck, North Dakota

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GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Flooding of Souris River in Minot, North Dakota

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WorldView-2  (0.5m) Satellite Image of Space Shuttle Atlantis Final Mission at Merritt Island, Florida

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WorldView-2  (0.5m) Satellite Image of Gaddafi Compound in Tripoli, Libya

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WorldView-2  (0.5m) Satellite Image of Hurricane Irene Damage in Killington, Vermont

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WorldView-2  (0.5m) Satellite Image of Bastrop Wildfires Damage in Bastrop, Texas

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WorldView-2  (0.5m) Satellite Image of Flooding in Bangkok, Thailand

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GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii 70th Anniversary Memorial

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Satellite Images for Forest Management

satellite image virunga national parksIKONOS (0.8m) Satellite Image Deforestation in Virunga National Parks – Rwanda and the Congo (DRC) – 2007

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Satellite images in forest management can aid in determining the effects of forest activities, such as timber harvesting and best management practices on soil erosion and sedimentation. It could also assist in the detection of invasive species through identification of water bodies that have clear water and high algae signatures.

Fire and emergency applications are one of the strongest uses of GIS and remote sensing, particularly fire mapping, responding to emergency situations, hazardous fuels reduction, community assistance, firefighting, rehabilitation, and restoration. Forest fires have an important influence on the vegetation cover, animals, plants, soil, stream flow, air quality, microclimate, and even general climate. The loss of timber is obvious and so is the damage to life and property. The loss of recreation value of the forest and the destruction of wildlife habitat are also consequences of forest fires.

Researchers and scientists have long been trying to predict the behavior of a forest fire. Computer modeling has been the effort of many scientists using high resolution satellite imagery and GIS. In order to model a forest fire, the techniques for obtaining, analyzing and displaying spatial information in a timely and cost-effective manner are needed which has proven not only to be possible, but incredibly efficient and effective. 

satellite image colorado wildfiresGeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Four Mile Canyon Wildfires, Colorado USA – 2010

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Satellite Image of Visoke Volcano in Virunga National Parks

satellite image virunga national parksVisoke Volcano in Virunga National Parks <1m Stereo IKONOS Satellite Image Data and 90m SRTM DEM

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Satellites sensors that orbit and observe the earth have been used to obtain a wide variety of information about the earth’s surface, its environment and the changes that are happening.

1m Stereo IKONOS Satellite Image Data and 5m DTM of Virunga National Parks  contains within 790,000 hectares the greatest diversity of habitats of any park in Africa, from steppes, savannas and lava plains, swamps, lowland and forests to volcanoes. Thousands of hippopotamuses and elephants live in the park’s rivers and its mountains are a critical area for the survival of the mountain and lowland gorillas.

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Satellite Image of Machu Picchu Peru

satellite image machu picchu peru ikonosIKONOS Satellite Image (1 m) – Machu Picchu, Peru

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One of the most famous Incan cities in the world, sun alignments are found throughout Machu Picchu. Many features, including the Sacred Plaza, The Temple of Three Windows and The Intihuatana platform, align with the summer solstice azimuth of 65-245 degrees. Scientists believe these alignments were primary considerations in the construction of the shrines. A shaft of light, shining through an east-facing window, reportedly illuminates The Torreon, or Temple of the Sun, during the summer solstice. The city was built between 1460 and 1470 AD at an altitude of 8,000 feet.

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At its height during the 1400s, the Incan empire was the largest in the world, stretching 2,500 miles north to south and supporting a population of more than ten million people. The temples, extensive roads, elaborate masonry, and treasures of gold and silver associated with the Incas date from around 1200 through the 1400s. The city of Cuzco became the powerful center of an empire that spread to encompass more than 100 small nations. For more information on Machu Picchu, visit here.

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