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Florida Everglades and Sediments in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea – December 25th, 2012

24.3N 86.2W

December 25th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

USA, Mexico and Cuba – December 22nd, 2012

Sediments can be seen along the southwestern coast of Florida, USA (upper right), in the Gulf of Batabanó, Cuba (center right), along the western and northern coasts of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico (lower left) and by the Mississippi River Delta in Louisiana, USA (upper left). In the former three, the bright, light color is in part due to sediments and in part due to shallower depths.

Of particular note in Florida are the Everglades. Beginning in 1948 with the creation of the Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) Flood Control Project, much of the original greater Everglades ecosystem was drained in an effort to create a system of canals and dikes that would control the flow of water and accommodate agriculture and urban development. Some 50 percent of the original Everglades has been lost to agriculture and development but the majority of the remaining original Everglades acreage is now protected in a national park, national wildlife refuge, and water conservation areas.

Smoke from Fire in Florida, USA, Blowing Due South

26.9N 80.7W

November 10th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – November 8th, 2012

A fire can be seen near the west coast of Florida by the top edge of this image. Smoke from the fire is blowing due southward. Also of note are sediments along the state’s coastlines, particularly along the western shores down to the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee (near the image center), and the city of Miami, appearing as a grey area on the east coast.

Cuba, South of Florida and Bahamas

21.7N 79W

July 23rd, 2011 Category: Wetlands

Cuba - July 14th, 2011

The Republic of Cuba, an island nation in the Caribbean, stretches across the middle of this image. The nation of Cuba consists of the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos.

To the north of Cuba lies the United States and the Bahamas. Here, the southern tip of Florida, USA, can be seen at the upper left, with sediments seeping out of the wetlands of the Everglades. Some of the islands of the Bahamas are visible at the upper right. The water around these islands appears lighter blue due to the Bahama Banks, limestone platforms above which the water is significantly shallower than that of the surrounding sea.

Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba

24.5N 79.2W

April 9th, 2011 Category: Lakes

USA and Cuba - March 30th, 2011

The southern part of the Florida Peninsula, USA, can be seen in the upper left quadrant of this image. Lake Okeechobee appears as a dark blue, circular area near the east coast, while the Everglades are visible along the southwest coast.

The island-nation of Cuba occupies the lower half of the image, and the Bahamas can be found at the upper and center right. The bright blue color surrounding the islands is due to the shallower waters over the limestone platforms of the Bahama Banks.


Florida Everglades and Nearby Cities of Miami, Fort Myers and Port Charlotte

26.1N 80.9W

December 12th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Sediments

USA - December 10th, 2010

The Everglades at the tip of the Florida Peninsula, USA, appear an intense, dark green color near the shore and brownish further inland, while the waters around them and the islands of the Florida Keys are bright teal.

Moving from the southwest to the southeast coast, the city of Miami and other nearby urban areas appear greyish in color. The cities of Port Charlotte and Fort Myers can be observed on the opposite coast, also appearing as a greyish tan area, by the Charlotte Harbor Estuary. Between the two coastal urban areas, Lake Okeechobee can be noted, partially covered by white clouds.