Dried-Out Lake Used as Massive White Balance for Satellites

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Just like when photographers use a piece of white paper (or gray card, whichever they prefer) to calibrate their cameras, British scientists are using this dried-out Turkish lake to set the white balance of Earth observation satellites.

Lake Tuz, in south Turkey, dries to the stark-white you see in the photo above every July - August, joining seven other locations around the world which are being used by scientists to check satellites' cameras are in check.

From the 14th - 25th of August, scientists will be analyzing the whiteness and reflectivity of Lake Tuz from the ground, and comparing it to what they've snapped up above. [NPL via PopSci]