Conakry Guinea
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Conakry, Guinea

January 19, 2006
This ASAR APP image shows an area covering the country of Guinea. Guinea is situated in western Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone. Conakry, the capital, largest city, and principal port of the republic of Guinea, is seen in cyan color in the center left part of the image. The islands, 5 to 10 km southwest of town are the "Iles de Los". Conakry became the capital of independent Guinea in 1958 and it is the focus of the nation's transport routes and is its main administrative and commercial center. In the northwest of the city can be distinguished its harbor with several boats. The image is a color composite where the red channel contains the HV polarized image, the green channel contains the HH polarized image and the blue channel contains the ratio between the amplitude in HH and HV. The brown yellow color that dominates the image results from the sparse vegetation (savannah) that covers the area (medium-low HV and HH backscattering, but HV backscattering higher than HH). The capital, Conakry is seen in cyan tones as it is densely populated (dominant HH backscattering). From the city of Conakry to northeast is seen a bright fringe in yellow color due to the increasing of vegetation and human settlements (high HH and HV backscattering). Coastal plains of Guinea are plenty of swamps, seen in blue tones in the image corresponding to wet areas (low HH and HV backscattering and HV lower than HH). Runway of the airport of Conakry is clearly seen in the northeast of Conakry.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: ASAR
  • Acquisition: 02-Aug-2003
  • Orbit nr: 07434
  • Center coordinates: lat. 9.43, lon. -13.36

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