Earth from Space: Amazon River


Hi I’m Kelsea Brennan-Wessels and welcome back to Earth from Space on the European Space Agency Web TV. The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over northern Brazil on 22 August 2017, where the Amazon River meets the Atlantic Ocean. The sediment-laden water appears brown as it flows from the lower left to the open
ocean in the upper right. ‘Popcorn’ clouds are visible in parts
of the image – a common occurrence during the Amazon’s
dry season, formed by condensed water vapour released
by plants and trees during a sunny day. The land varies in colour from the deep green
of dense vegetation to light brown. Taking a closer look to the upper-left section
of the image, we can see large brown areas where the vegetation has already been cleared away. Geometric shapes indicate agricultural fields, and linear roads cut through the remaining
dense vegetation. Rainforests worldwide are being destroyed
at an alarming rate. This is of great concern because they play
an important role in global climate, and are home to a wide variety of plants,
animals and insects. More than a third of all species in the world
live in the Amazon Rainforest. Unlike other forests, rainforests have difficulty
regrowing after they are destroyed and, owing to their composition, their soils are not suitable for long-term
agricultural use. With their unique view from space, Earth observation satellites have been instrumental
in highlighting the vulnerability of the rainforests by documenting the scale of deforestation. And that wraps up this edition of Earth from Space. Remember that to learn more about space or
about our planet, you can visit our website at www.esa.int. From the ESA Web-TV studios, have a great day.

13 thoughts on “Earth from Space: Amazon River

  1. Interesting to learn that Amazon River basin soil isn't suited for long-term agriculture. I wonder why. And popcorn clouds were an interesting new thing to learn about. Amazing that plants' transpiration can make clouds!

  2. We should stop deforestation…we re just destroying our lungs!! We need tighter laws

  3. Deforestation is bad, but Europeans have no morals to criticize, their rivers are deforested

  4. I dream of a day where humans have evolved beyond our physical limitations, to explore the galaxy, and walk on the sun. The surface of the sun is 12,000x larger than that of the earth, just think how long it would take to explore it. I pray for a day where we will even be able to inhabit the planet and sustain life. It would be easy because there is infinite energy under the surface.

  5. and now its… burning. all of it. 20% is gone and no one can understand that 20% of our profit of oxygen comes from that vivid rain forest, sad to think that those tiny itsy bitsy humans can do all of that, in just within 3000 years we could destroy a 4.5 billion year old planet, what a contrast, disappointed. if we dont do something in these incoming 12 years, we'll be… gone. its as simple as that.

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