21 Sep '12, 10pm

Flooding in Pakistan

Flooding in Pakistan

View Image Comparison View Both Images In southern Pakistan, where the borders of Punjab, Balochistan, and Sindh Provinces meet, a network of levees and canals diverts water from the Indus River to thirsty agricultural fields. Water is usually scarce in Pakistan, but heavy monsoon rains can overwhelm the country’s irrigation infrastructure, as they did in the summer of 2010. Flood conditions returned in the summer of 2012. These images show part of the irrigation infrastructure west of the Indus River. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the top image on September 21, 2012. The MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite captured the bottom image on September 1, 2012. Both images use a combination of visible and infrared light to increase contrast between water and land. Water varies in color from electric blue to navy. V...

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