The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Bangladesh on May 1, 2007. The low-lying nation is an alluvial delta, and therefore, is extremely prone to flooding. The Brahmaputra, Padma, and Meghna Rivers can be seen here. The Jamuna, a branch of the Brahmaputra River, arcs through the center of the scene. A branch of the Jamuna flows east into the Meghna River. In the dry season, the course of each river is clearly defined, not blurred by excess water. The image was made with infrared and visible light to increase the contrast between water and earth. In this type of image, water is black or blue, where colored with sediment. Plant-covered land is bright green, and bare earth or...
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