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Earth Remote Sensing

Remote-sensing satellites, like the one shown on the left, study Earth's surface. From 300 miles (480 km) up, this satellite uses powerful cameras to scan the planet. The satellite then sends back valuable data about global environments.


How we use Satellite Imaging

The instruments on remote-sensing satellites study Earth's plant cover, chemical composition, and surface water, among many other features. People who work in farming, fishing, mining, and many other industries find this information very useful.

We can also use remote sensing satellites to study changes in the earth's surface that are caused by people. Examples of this include the parts of West Africa that are turning into desert (desertification), and the destruction of the rainforest in South America (deforestation).

To see uses of Weather Satellite, click on the pictures below!


Great Salt Lake

Eastern Seaboard

Brazilian Rainforest

West Africa


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