This site at the southern tip of Florida has been called “a river of grass flowing imperceptibly from the hinterland into the sea.” The exceptional variety of water habitats has made it a sanctuary for a large number of birds and reptiles, as well as for threatened species such as the manatee. The entire southwestern Florida peninsula consists of inaccessible swamps, the Everglades National Park. The brown and dark green colours in the image indicate its extent. At the southern tip of the peninsula can be seen the islands of the Florida Keys, surrounded by coral reefs. This chain of islands extends over 170 kilometres and is the home of 80,000 people, with more coming. Some 2.5 million tourists from all over the world join them annually. Time series of satellite images help monitor the development of populated areas and conservation sites.
The image was taken on 6 November 2001 by the satellite Landsat-7 / ETM+ and has a resolution of 30 metres. It covers an area of 90 by 180 kilometres.
Credit: GLCF/ DLR.