Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Elburz Mountains, Iran

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Abstract

Earthshots introduces remote sensing by showing examples of how environmental changes look from space.

These images show the vicinity of the Elburz Mountains in northern Iran. Tehran lies in the south, and the Caspian Sea is to the north.

The Elburz Mountains run parallel to the southern coast of the Caspian Sea, and these mountains act as a barrier to rain clouds moving southward; as the clouds rise in altitude to cross the mountains they drop their moisture. This abundant rainfall supports a heavy rainforest (the bright red area) on the northern slopes. The valley to the south receives little precipitation because of this rain-shadow effect of the mountains.

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Publication type Dataset
Publication Subtype Website
Title Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Elburz Mountains, Iran
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description HTML Document
Country Iran
Other Geospatial Elburz Mountains
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N