Satellite image of the month – October – Amazonia in Brazil
Amazonia in Brazil image taken by Sentinel-2A satellite on Juli 30rd, 2016
This image shows a false color composite of a part of the Rainforest in Amazonia in Brazil.
The image was created from different bands based on Sentinel-2 data of the Copernicus Programme. The band combination used can help to carry out vegetation analyses and provides a spatial resolution of 20 meters. Healthy vegetation appears in vibrant shades of green and is very easy to distinguish from soil which is colored from light pink (e.g. harvested fields) to vibrant pink (e.g. deforested rainforest). Water is painted in dark blue to black while cities are colored from light grey to light pink.
Rio Madeira, the largest tributary in the world, is flowing through the center of the image. Further north it will flow into the Amazon. It contains a lot of suspended sediments, eroded from outskirts of the Andes with high precipitation. In the North of the image the city Humaitá next to Rio Madeira can be seen, edged by a huge area of deforested rainforest in the South. The streets on the image can be recognized as thin pink lines, where there is no vegetation. In the middle of the image an abandoned meander in horseshoed shape is prominently visible. In the East Rio Maicimirim flows into Rio Maici. Additional areas of deforested rainforest can be recognized in pink as well.
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