Floods in Argentina

Floods in Argentina
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

In early May 2003, heavy rains in Argentina led to devastating floods that displaced 35,000 people and killed over 25 people in the province of Santa Fe. The floodwaters can be seen in these true- and false-color images acquired on May 8, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra spacecraft.All the rivers and tributaries in this region are much more swollen than normal. In the false-color image, water is black. Clouds appear as pale blue and white, and vegetated land is green and yellow.

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  • Data Date:

    May 8, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    May 9, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration