The photo was captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on board NASA’s Terra satellite.
The Shadegan wetlands are the largest in Iran, spanning over 1 million acres in the country’s Khuzestan province. In the middle sits Shadegan Pond, a shallow body of water surrounded by date palm orchards, sugar plantations, and military fortifications.
Ground water keeps the surrounding soil rich and wet, allowing for a wide variety of wildlife. Unfortunately, the area also experiences significant levels of pollution caused by leaking oil pipes and industrial waste.
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Source: NASA Earth Observatory