Summer  >>  2005


Upheaval Dome in Utah

This satellite image is a natural color, 2.4-m high-resolution QuickBird satellite image featuring the 5-km diameter crater referred to as Upheaval Dome in the Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Image is courtesy of DigitalGlobe.

Florida Everglades

This natural color orthoimage of the Royal Palm Hammock (SE) quarter quadrangle is located a few miles west of the Everglades National Park, in Collier County on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The image was collected at a 1-m pixel resolution on December 3, 2004, using a Leica ADS40 airborne digital imaging sensor, as part of the statewide mapping program for Florida covering approximately 54,000 square miles.

This program was sponsored by an alliance of the state’s water management districts and the USGS. It is the first large-scale acquisition effort that takes advantage of the ADS40 sensor’s ability to generate both natural color and false color renditions simultaneously. To accommodate the full range of data products requested, a total of 16,800 individual map tiles were produced. A total of more than 3 terabytes of image data were delivered.

This image is provided courtesy of the South Florida Water Management District and the USGS. It was acquired and processed by EarthData International.

Niagara Falls

Clouds of mist rise from the bottom of Horseshoe Falls, on the Canadian/United States border, in this 1-m image collected by Space Imaging’s IKONOS satellite. Every second, more than two million liters of water plunge over the Horseshoe Falls segment of Niagara Falls creating one of the world’s largest waterfalls, as well as eating away as much as two meters of rock per year.

The image shows the Niagara River, which connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, snaking around Goat Island, in the lower left of the full image. Most of the river’s water plummets over Horseshoe Falls, but some diverted water spills over American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls downstream. The image, courtesy of Space Imaging, was acquired August 2, 2004.

France’s Millau Bridge

This 1-m panchromatic image of the Millau Viaduct Bridge in Millau, France, was collected by ORBIMAGE’s OrbView-3.

The bridge is the world’s tallest suspension bridge. Located in southern France, it connects the motorway from Paris to Barcelona at the point where it is interrupted by the River Tarn, which runs through a wide gorge between two plateaus. The bridge was opened to traffic on December 16, 2004. This project has the highest bridge piers in the world with an overall height of 336.4 meters. The bridge is located at 44.05N / 2.01E. Image is courtesy of OrbImage.

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