Satellite image of the month – August – Australia
Northern Territory in Australia, taken by Sentinel-2A satellite on January 5th, 2016
This image shows a false color composite of a part of the Southwest of the Northern Territory in Australia. The image was created from different bands based on Sentinel-2 data of the Copernicus Programme. The band combination used is useful for discriminating land and water and provides a spatial resolution of 20 meters. Healthy vegetation appears in orange and older vegetation appears in green. Soil and clouds appear in shades of green as well. Water is painted in blue and shades of purple while ice appears in vibrant magenta.
In the South of the image the Finke Gorge National Park can be seen in dark green and in the middle of the image the West Macdonnel Ranges are painted in violett. On closer inspection Alice Springs appears near the orange gleam. In the Southeast a round shape can be seen. This is Tnorala, holy to the Aborigines and called Gosses Bluff Crater in English language. These are the remains of a meteorite impact around 142.5 million years ago. Further north and gleaming in violett Lake Lewis can be seen. This is the Salt Lake in Australia which has the largest distance to the coast and lays at the southern border of the monsoon impact area.