In this image offered by Customaps, the shape of South Florida resembles a head of a flamingo eating shrimps. The large lake in the middle, which seems to be the eye of the flamingo, is Lake Okeechobee, and covering the southern tip of peninsula is the Everglades National Park, the only subtropical preserve in North America. The Everglades is a biologically diverse preserve where alligators, crocodiles, many species of birds, and both temperate and tropical plant communities exist together. It has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The beak of the flamingo will be the Florida Keys, which are a collection of islands, islets, and reefs stretching from Virginia Key to the Dry Tortugas, a distance of about 192 miles (309 km). They're made mostly of limestone and coral, and are known for their variety of wildlife, subtropical vegetation, and spectacular diving. Most of the islands are connected to the mainland via the Overseas Highway, making this a popular and easily-accessible destination.
However, popularity can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, tourism is one of the economic mainstays of the region, and helps increase public awareness of how fragile this ecosystem is. But on the other hand, those same tourists and their activities can hurt the ecosystem by introducing pollutants and causing physical damage to fragile reefs. Clouds of milky blue, green, and tan sediments and microscopic marine organisms (like phytoplankton and algae) discolor the water in the Gulf of Mexico north of the Keys, but end abruptly in the deeper water of the Straits of Florida. The city of Miami on the Atlantic coast is located on the flamingo’s nostril where urbanization is characterized by an extent of impervious surfaces in grey in this image (rooftops, concrete sidewalks, buildings etc.).
This amazingly detailed image, featuring the southeastern tip of the United States, is a fusion of scenes acquired at different times by NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. More precisely, the entire image is a mosaic of 12 satellites photographs, shot from 705 km altitude in space, where each scene covers a 190-by-180 km surface area. It took us few days to create this seamless natural-color perspective of the most beautiful State spied from the sky. It is a pan-sharpened true-color composite of OLI bands 4, 3, and 2. Using the panchromatic band (OLI band 8) to sharpen the image, we were able to create an effective spatial resolution of 15 m, meaning that each pixel corresponds to a 15 x 15 m square on the ground. The entire image covers an area of about 500 x 400 km. In other words, with 900 millions of pixels, this image could cover a 14 meter-high wall.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Customaps, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
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