Arizona and Landsat

Fact Sheet 2021-3039



Arizona is a land of massive grandeur, deep gorges, lofty mountains, immense plains, and elevated mesas—and, without question, its crown jewel is the Grand Canyon. The spectacular canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, was created when the Colorado River carved a channel through northern Arizona, revealing nearly two billion years of the Earth's history (National Park Service, 2019).

Yet, for all its ancient beauty, Arizona and its landscapes are experiencing a transformation.

Arizonans face more extreme temperatures and drought because of climate change. Amid a drought in the western United States, Lake Mead, one of Arizona's main water resources, dropped to a record low level in June 2021. Climate change is making extreme weather events such as dust storms and heat waves more common, posing higher risks to human health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, Arizona and Landsat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3039, 2 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Study Area

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Arizona and Landsat
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2021-3039
DOI 10.3133/fs20213039
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 2 p.
Country United States
State Arizona
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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