Lake Tai, satellite image

Lake Tai, satellite image

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Caption: Lake Tai, China, satellite image. Lake Tai (centre, dark blue), also known as Taihu, is a large freshwater lake near the Yangtse river (at top) and Shanghai in China. It covers an area of 2,250 square kilometres and was formed as a result of water filling a 65 kilometres wide crater from an impact that occured roughly 70 million years ago. Imaged by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board the Landsat 8 satellite on 22nd July 2014. The OLI sensor detects wavelengths across 9 spectral bands. This image was created using infrared, red and green spectral bands. It depicts an area measuring 170 kilometres across.

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