Photos of rivers from space

Original author: Wired
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Rivers cut their way along the continents, somewhere along a stable, fortified channel, and somewhere freely spreading over the surface. A myriad of drawn lines are best seen from space. In this gallery we have collected photographs from satellites and made by astronauts on the most beautiful and interesting rivers of the world. Photos are clickable. Rio Negro, Argentina Argentinean Rio Negro is a great example of how mobile the rivers are. It is one of the most meandering rivers in South America. The photo above was taken by astronauts of the International Space Station on January 4, it shows that the river left traces after itself throughout the territory. Some old sleeves are still filled with water (elders). Mississippi, USA

Over the past 10,000 years, the Mississippi River has paved more than 320 km of the Gulf of Mexico in a delta, choosing new channels approximately every thousand years. If you do nothing with her, then she will continue her journey. Trying to keep the Mississippi River in place is one of the hardest tasks facing the US Army Corps of Engineers. It is the longest river in North America (3,730 km). The photo above was taken in 2001 by the Landsat 7 satellite, which shows the current 50-km delta that the Mississippi chose 600 years ago. The image below was taken by the GeoEye Ikonos satellite after the river broke through two dams in June 2008 and flooded the city of Gulfport (Illinois). Ganges, India

Fake colors from the Ganges delta were obtained from the Landsat 7 satellite in 2000. Sandy bare soils are filtered out in white, and unique forest swamps, the birthplace of the royal Bengal tiger, are marked in green. A river with a length of 2510 km originates in the Himalayas, and flows into the Bay of Bengal. San Juan, Colorado The small San Juan River is only 640 km long in the states of Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah before it flows into the Colorado River. the photograph shows a site in Gooseneck National Park (translated as “duck neck”), which is named for the crazy meanders of the river. In some places, 5 kilometers of the river are “packed” in one kilometer of the territory. This is a very popular place for rafting. Nile, Egypt

The Nile River is the only source of fertility in the waterless Egyptian desert, without which life would not have been possible here. Agriculture is carried out exclusively in the Nile Valley, with an average width of 10 km. The border between the valley and the desert is clearly distinguished in the pictures.

Shown below is the Nile Delta in the Mediterranean Sea, taken from Terra satellite. Lena, Russia The tenth longest river in the world has a length of about 4400 km and a basin of 2500 thousand km 2 in Eastern Siberia. The Lena Delta, shown in fake colors from the Landsat 7 satellite (2000), begins about 150 km from the confluence of the Laptev Sea, it is one of the largest river deltas in the world, it is frozen for about seven months a year. There is the largest reserve in Russia.

Colorado and Green River, Utah. The
Green River (left) meets Colorado in the middle of the Canyonlands National Park in Utah (photo GeoEye). Immediately after this begins the canyon Cataract, also famous among extreme rafters. The rounded structure in the photo below is the Upheaval Dome. It was called that because geologists used to think that it could have been formed by squeezing underground layers out. But it has recently been proven that it is a crater of cosmic origin (photo taken by ISS astronauts in 2007). Morari, Tibet. The rivers that flow into Lake Morari on the Tibetan plateau have formed the so-called blow-out cone for many years. Now the water has to look for a new way to get into the drain (to the left of the cone). Niagara Falls

Unfortunately, it is not very convenient to remove vertical structures from space, such as a waterfall. You need to choose the right angle. Niagara Falls is actually three waterfalls. The width of the longest Horseshoe Falls is 792 meters. The volume of falling water reaches 5720 m 3 / s. Hydroelectric power plants have been built under the waterfall, which currently generate up to 4.4 gigawatts of electricity.

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