The Nile Has Turned to Blood in This Satellite Image

Image by ESA

There’s a passage in the Bible that suggests the Nile once turned to blood. But the red ribbon in this image isn’t quite so grizzly, because it actually depicts the vegetation growing around the river.

This satellite image was captured by the European Space Agency’s new Sentinel-3A satellite. Its instruments collect data about the Earth’s oceans, land, ice, and atmosphere, collecting energy radiated from Earth’s surface across nine different spectral bands. In this image, red areas indicate the presence of vegetation.



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