Ocean Sand, Bahamas

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    NASA image acquired January 17, 2001

    Though the above image may resemble a new age painting straight out of an art gallery in Venice Beach, California, it is in fact a satellite image of the sands and seaweed in the Bahamas. The image was taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) instrument aboard the Landsat 7 satellite. Tides and ocean currents in the Bahamas sculpted the sand and seaweed beds into these multicolored, fluted patterns in much the same way that winds sculpted the vast sand dunes in the Sahara Desert.

    Image courtesy Serge Andrefouet, University of South Florida

    Instrument: Landsat 7 - ETM+

    Credit: NASA/GSFC/Landsat

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    1. Fotosconlosojos 37 months ago | reply


    2. subarcticmike 37 months ago | reply

      this would shame a peacock...

      well done serge and thank you for sharing!

    3. Chip_n_thePNW 37 months ago | reply

      The "Art" of science ! ! ! ... VERY interesting ! ! !

    4. dodagp 37 months ago | reply

      No comments.
      Any words would belittle Nature's Artistic Power...

    5. thepretenda 37 months ago | reply

      astounding blue hues

    6. hellen.888 37 months ago | reply

      Wow ! Fantastic !

    7. colorblindxs2 37 months ago | reply

      Refreshing and Breathtaking!

    8. Danilo Leal 37 months ago | reply

      nossa, que lindo!!
      isso é arte!!

    9. ARK11 35 months ago | reply

      Interesting pattern

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