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Terrain near Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) – January 31st, 2009

January 31st, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Mandalay, Burma - composite of ASAR and MERIS images

Mandalay, Burma - composite of ASAR and MERIS images

Side-by-side ASAR (left) and MERIS (right) images

Side-by-side ASAR (left) and MERIS (right) images

This image of Mandalay, Myanmar and surroundings, was created using the SAR-Sharpening tecnique.

This technique involves overlaying two images: one a high resolution radar image, the other a medium resolution color picture, giving the benefit of both color and sharpness.

The Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River appears light yellow. Two bridges can be seen crossing its banks towards the lower left.

Two lakes are also visible, one a yellowish white color, the other a bright green-blue.

The ridges of the mountains south of the second lake can be seen in great detail.

The city of Mandalay is located just east of the yellowish-white lake; it appears dark in color.

The large grey square surrounded by black is the Royal Palace, or Royal Fort. It is easy to spot in the composite and radar images, while it cannot be seen at all in the normal color one (partially due to the resolution).

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