Indus Valley Pakistan
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Indus Valley, Pakistan

January 19, 2006
This Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR) image from an overpass of the Indus Valley has been processed to emphasize different terrain types and vegetation coverage in order to demonstrate how well the AATSR instrument can distinguish such features. The image covers an area 1400 kilometers in length and 512 kilometers in width. From top-to-bottom it orients approximately north-east to south-west. The Indus River can be seen clearly in dark-blue flowing south towards the sea. We can see high mountain ranges (purple) to the right of the image, and the low Punjab to the north-east. Along the river's course, green vegetation dominates. The tributaries of the Indus Basin can just be detected in the fertile Punjab plain towards the upper right of this image. The Thar Desert stands out as the large area of paler pink, purple and beige shades to the lower right of the image north of the sea. Acknowledgement: RAL/DEFRA/ESA.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: AATSR
  • Acquisition: 12-Jun-2003
  • Orbit nr: 06701
  • Center coordinates: lat. 27.61, lon. 70.93

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