Floodwaters in the Ohio and Wabash Rivers • Earth.com

Last update: October 20th, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at floodwaters at the junction of the Ohio and Wabash Rivers.

This composite image was acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board the Landsat 8 satellite and combines one image taken of the flooding on March 3, 2018 with an image taken on November 7, 2017 that shows the normal width of both rivers.

“River flooding is a natural process,” said Lois Morton from Iowa State University. “Floodplains provide important upstream storage, reducing river flows downstream, recharging groundwater supplies, filtering nutrients, and enriching forest and wetland habitats.”

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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