Napo River, Ecuador

By Keith Cowing
June 29, 2014
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Napo River, Ecuador
Napo River, Ecuador

NASA’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) captured this data on March 17, 2013, as the instrument was being flown on a NASA Gulfstream C-20A aircraft.
The scene shows forested wetlands around the Napo River in Ecuador and Peru at a resolution of 6 meters (20 feet) per pixel. In this image, yellow, orange, and blue colors indicate areas where vegetation has probably been inundated by flood waters beneath the forest canopy. Green areas are relatively healthy forest vegetation, while the roughness of the texture gives some clues to whether it is tree cover or deforested grassland or swamp. Black indicates the open water of the Napo River and tributaries.

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