Vegetation Index of Venezuela and the Lesser Antilles – February 25th, 20109.9N 62.7W
This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Venezuela and the islands of the Lesser Antilles. Venezuela lies within the Neotropic ecozone; large portions of the country were originally covered by moist broadleaf forests. One of seventeen megadiverse countries and among the top twenty countries in terms of endemism, some 38% of the over 21,000 plant species are unique to the country.
Here, the red areas south of the Orinoco River indicate a high index of photosynthetic activity. Green areas, such as those on the majority of the islands and around the Orinoco River Delta indicate good activity. Finally, yellow to white areas, such as those on the plains of the llanos near the coast, indicate low activity.
A plume of smoke and ash can be seen crossing the image near the upper edge. This is from the eruption of the Soufrière Hills Volcano in the Lesser Antilles. Please click here for the original article regarding this eruption.