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Vegetation Index of the Island Nation of Madagascar – May 8th, 2010

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May 8th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Vegetation Index

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This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index entire island of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. It is the fourth-largest island in the world, and is home to 5% of the world’s plant and animal species, of which more than 80% are endemic to Madagascar.

Here, coastal areas and the northern part of the island show a good vegetation index (green), with some areas having a high index (red). The southern part of the island, including an area of highland plateaus, shows lower levels of photosynthetic activity (yellow).

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