"Mud Island" [hd video]

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Poplar Island rises out of the Chesapeake Bay as it’s rebuilt by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers using dredged mud from the Baltimore Harbor which lies about 30 miles (about 48 kilometers) north of the island.

In these Landsat images, the dikes that contain the mud and hold it in place begin appearing in 1998. This growing island is a wildlife sanctuary, a hatchery for hundreds of diamondback terrapins and home to about 170 different species of birds including terns and bald eagles.

NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) jointly manage Landsat. The USGS preserves the archive of Landsat images and distributes all of the 40-years of Landsat data free over the Internet.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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  1. IRENE is GONE to IPERNITY 22 months ago | reply

    very interesting image thanks for sharing!

  2. C-Da 22 months ago | reply

    thanks for sharing

  3. dodagp 22 months ago | reply

    Interesting in every sense !!!!!!!

  4. HAJO124C 22 months ago | reply

    for a secret island, i would say it's not very secret!

  5. Bobkat1298 22 months ago | reply

    They have to put dredge spoils somewere. Bulilding and island a filing with dredge material seems to be a very good idea. The alternatives are piling it up on land or barging it out to sea to dump

  6. v2thaicious 22 months ago | reply

    I saw this on Facebook almost a week ago. Get with it AOL!

  7. fancy1210 22 months ago | reply

    this seems a little sinister to me..

  8. Trudy - 22 months ago | reply

    Very interesting indeed. I would really like to know more. :)

  9. JeanieMichelleOnFicker 22 months ago | reply

    Forget the island...thats very noticable..What are the white popped popcorn shapes that appear after 2010 to the left at the shoreline and land? ? :)

  10. thunderball3 22 months ago | reply

    just another example or the US federal govt. spending tax dollars they dont have.....no wonder were in so much debt.

  11. caloy2x 22 months ago | reply

    Island relocation for Area 51.

  12. nano_mecha 22 months ago | reply

    To funny! Its all the mud and sand dredged from the shipping lanes. Most people have no clue how shallow the bay is. If they didnt dredge shipping crabbing and fishing would suffer.

  13. rockandrollrebel 22 months ago | reply

    God, help us all

  14. notatechie 22 months ago | reply

    It's called a spoil island. It is were they put the dirt when dredging harbors and shipping channels. There are many of them all up and down the coast. They are not used for anything and become good wildlife habitat. No secrets here.

  15. HULKABILLY1 22 months ago | reply

    @Notatechie, that's the bestb explanation I've read so far, nothing sinister about it, I'm glad to think the Government is doing something good for a change.

    (If indeed that's what it's for), but so far that has been the best explanation I've heard thus far. and the so called dots that appear to the left are CLOUDS, watch the video again.

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