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Photo Credit: Image provided by the USGS EROS Data Center Satellite Systems
What in the world is it?
A moldy stain glass window? Psychedelic art? A cat scan of a brain? Nope? If you haven’t guessed, it’s a Landsat 7 satellite image of Florida Everglades National Park — the only subtropical preserve in North America. It contains both temperate and tropical plant communities, including sawgrass prairie, mangrove and cypress swamps, pinelands, and hardwood hammocks, as well as marine and estuarine environments. The park is known for its rich bird life, particularly large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron, and a variety of egrets. It is also the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles exist side by side.
If you don’t believe the color that’s because it’s a false-color composite image made using shortwave infrared, near infrared, and green wavelengths.