Floods in Algeria and Tunisia

Floods in Algeria and Tunisia
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

After nearly four years of drought, Tunisia continues to receive rain this winter. The salt pans are full of water, and they can be seen in this false-color image acquired on March 2, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA´s Terra spacecraft.

During the dry season, the salt pans of Tunisia and Algeria contain little or no water. In this false-color image water is blue and black. Snow, which has also fallen in abundance in the higher altitudes, appears as a bright cyan and can be seen along the Algeria mountains and ridges. Clouds appear as pale blue and white, and land is green and tan.

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  • Data Date:

    March 2, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    March 2, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS


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