Satellite Images Show Extent of Mississippi River Sediment
This is a color-enhanced, composite image taken from Aqua MODIS on May 17. Because this is a false-color image, not all surfaces are depicted as they would appear to the human eye. Vigorously growing vegetation, such as along flood plains and agriculture, is shown as green. Urban areas are shown as brighter grays and white. Clear water, such as that in the deep Gulf of Mexico, is shown as dark, while the turbid water out of the mouth of the Mississippi is milky tan to brown. However, forested and suburban areas are not well-distinguished by this band combination and as such have the complex and mottled appearance.