Being from Ireland I naturally have a penchant for green, so I liked this and thought I would share
Recently released images from the NASA/SOAA Suomi mpp satellite show our entire planets vegetation.
Each weekly vegetation image is around 13 GB in size, 80,000 x 40,000 pixels. If you were to print the image it would require a piece of paper 93 feet
wide by 46.5 feet tall.
The images—taken between April 2012 and 2013—show the darkest green areas as the lushest, while the pale colors signify sparse vegetation cover
due to snow, drought, rock, or urban areas, according to the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Mapping vegetation has some
practical uses, including forecasting weather or understanding how to best use agricultural land.
Here is a short video using the same data from SOAA/NASA showing vegetation changes over the space of a year. I love how my little Emerald Isle tends
to stay green whatever the season.
The Mississippi River
Taken at the end of March this year
The Nile River
Taken in July 2012
U.S. Midwest state of Nebraska
Taken in July 2012
Iraq. The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers
Taken in November 2012
The Rocky, Cascade, and Coast mountain ranges of the Pacific Northwest
Taken in June2012
Thanks for posting this! I have an affinity for green as well as I'm Irish, too (hence my user name lol).
It's intriguing to me that there seems to be a band of no vegetation stretching from northern Africa all the way to the interior of China. The "band
of desert" does not continue to North America, though. It's weird because, theoretically, if it were climate linked, the same would appear in North
America at the corresponding latitudes.
In any case, interesting product of technological innovation! Thanks OP!
There's almost a hint of green near me...
Australia, though... Sheesh! You'd think they could dig a couple of trenches/rivers from northwest to south and southeast...and make more of the
land habitable. One good dust storm and 2/3 of the top soil (is there any?) is gone.
(BTW - Would love to go to Ireland. Is the IRA conflict still a matter of concern?)
Yeah Australia gets far too hot, I would die over there lol. It looks so arid on that map.
nah 'The troubles' isnt as big an issue over here now as they used to be. Just a very small minority of bitter people on both sides that try to
keep it going ( a few small breakaway groups ), they are a dwindling bunch tho, the majority of people nowadays just want to get along and move away
from the fighting. So yeah it is a lot more peaceful here now, more and more tourists are visiting each year also
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