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From: Dan Richter (1:317/3)
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Date: Fri, 21.05.21 13:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 21 May 2021
May 21, 2021 - Angola



The fifth largest country in Africa, Angola sits along the southwestern
coast tucked between Namibia (south) and the Democratic Republic of the
Congo (northeast). Roughly eight times the size of the U.S. state of
Georgia or slightly less than twice the size of the state of Texas,
Angola spans 481,354 square miles (1,246,700 square km) and enjoys a
618-mile- (1,600-km-)long coastline on the South Atlantic. The coastal
plain is narrow and rises quickly to a high interior plateau, which
covers most of the country.

Forests cover a bit more than 54 percent of the land while about 45
percent of the land is used in agriculture, mostly permanent pasture.
The petroleum industry has become a major industry, as Angola owns
large oil reserves. The primary mineral export is diamonds—according to
a survey completed in 2016, Angola ranked as the sixth-largest diamond
producer in the world, with an annual production of nine million

On May 19, 2021, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
(MODIS) on board NASA’s Terra satellite acquired a true-color image of
eastern Angola. The heavily forested high plateau is cut by a number of
rivers. The tan-toned smudge near the center of the image is Leune, an
inland town with an airport and industry.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 5/18/2021
Resolutions: 1km (312.3 KB), 500m (904.3 KB), 250m (2.8 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

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