“the lower mississippi river remained swollen at the beginning of june 2011”

20/06/2011 § 2 Comments

satellite imagery of mississippi on june 1st, 2011 (via mammoth)

i’ll never forget when i learned that satellite images are doctored to make them more readable.  this wasn’t the most upsetting news.  but it does make you wonder what you take for granted as true.  in reality this image would be much more like a gradient of brown.

according to nasa:

these images use a combination of visible and infrared light to increase contrast between water and land.  water ranges in color from gray-blue to navy.  (ocean water in the southwest appears silvery blue on june 1, 2011, due at least in part to the angle of sunlight.)  vegetation is green. bare ground is brown. clouds are pale blue-green and cast shadows.

also if you’re interested in issues of the mississippi flooding, i recommend checking out the blog mammoth.  tons of information.

 

adjust your color settings.

a young hare

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