acquired January 17, 2001
Ocean Sand, Bahamas
- Landsat 7 - ETM+
- Data Date: January 17, 2001
- Visualization Date: September 13, 2002
Though the above image may resemble a new age painting straight out of an art gallery in Venice Beach, California, it is in fact a satellite image of the sands and seaweed in the Bahamas. The image was taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) instrument aboard the Landsat 7 satellite. Tides and ocean currents in the Bahamas sculpted the sand and seaweed beds into these multicolored, fluted patterns in much the same way that winds sculpted the vast sand dunes in the Sahara Desert.
Image courtesy Serge Andrefouet, University of South Florida.
This image record originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.