Satellite Image of the month – March – South Korea
Southwest coast, South Korea
The satellite picture of the month shows a false-color-composite of the southwest coast of South Korea and a part of the Yellow Sea. The image was created from different tapes based on Sentinel-2A data from the EU Copernicus program. The land-water combination is useful to identify the different island formations and the river course of the Yeongsan.
The entire land and island mass visible on the satellite image belongs to the “South Jeolla” province, which belongs to the wealthiest provinces of South Korea, the GDP per capita is equal to that of Canada. Despite this impressive GDP, a large part of the South Jeolla province’s population lives from agriculture (40%).
Thanks to this kind of prosperity, South Korea and the city of Pyeongchang were able to establish themselves as hosts of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. By 1960, South Korea was still considered one of the poorest agricultural countries in the world.
The light yellow areas on the satellite image indicate inhabited or agricultural land, while dark yellow regions indicate forest cover.
Most of the islands shown on the satellite image are uninhabited, but not the largest, centrally located island “Jindo” which is only connected to the mainland by South Korea’s longest cable-stayed bridge, the “Jindo Bridge”.
The purple island areas, which lie north of the main island Jindo, clearly show that large parts of land mass are only just below the sea level and can thus be easily identified by the chosen composite of land and water.
Wide parts of the larger islands and almost all smaller uninhabited islands that can be seen on the satellite image are part of the Dadohaehaesang National Park. It is the largest national park in South Korea and stretches over seven coastal areas in the South and West Seas (Yellow Sea).
The oceanic climate, which is exceptionally warm for the region, supports the existence of evergreen forests with a high ecological value. The numerous small islands and rock formations that have arisen from past volcanic activities are home to numerous bird, insect and mammal species.
Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017-2018)/ESA – created by mundialis
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