Barro Colorado Island
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Barro Colorado Island

January 14, 2004
Vaguely resembling a giant sea turtle, Barro Colorado Island is a heavily forested patch of land rising up out of the waters of Gatun Lake, situated at the northern end of the Panama Canal. The island is the focus of the JASON Project’s Expedition XV (Rainforests at the Crossroads), in which students, teachers, and scientists will conduct a detailed examination of the rainforest ecosystem. The true-color scene above was acquired on March 29, 2002, by the DigitalGlobe Corporation’s QuickBird satellite. At better than 1-meter resolution, the satellite reveals Barro Colorado Island in stunning detail. Several small cumulus clouds float silently over the western portion of the island, casting shadows on the surface.

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