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An Oasis in the Sahara

December 2, 2016
Image of the Sahara

The Niger River in Africa forms an inland delta, providing a variety of habitat for birds and other migratory species, not to mention a fertile resource for the local people. In this image, three of the VIIRS channels -- SVI3, SVI2, SVI1 -- were combined to create this false color image. This channel combination is useful for determining land surface type, along with areas of wildfires and flooding.