January 16, 2006
This MERIS (MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer) image shows the capital of the USA, Washington DC, in the north central part of the image. The city has served since 1800 as the seat of the federal government. The population of the metropolitan area is just less than 5 million. The city sits on the Potomac River, which can be seen in the image flowing into Chesapeake Bay. To the west of the image we can see Blue Ridge, the easternmost range of the Appalachian Mountains. To the south on the coast are the barrier islands that make up the Cape Lookout National Seashore. The area was created an International Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986.
- Satellite: Envisat
- Instrument: MERIS
- Acquisition: 17-Oct-2004
- Orbit nr: 13764
- Center coordinates: lat. 35.83, lon. -76.96
Topics: Envisat, European Space Agency, Spaceflight, Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Cape Lookout National Seashore, MERIS, Potomac River, Politics