Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Shadegan Pond in Iran.
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