This image acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the Carrizo Plain, located northwest of Los Angeles, CA. It is one of the easiest places to see surface fractures of the San Andreas Fault, evident as it crosses the image from lower right to upper left
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Carrizo Plain, California

The Carrizo Plain is a large enclosed plain, about 80 by 24 km, located 160 km northwest of Los Angeles, California. It contains the 100,000 ha Carrizo Plains National Monument, and is the single largest native grassland remaining in California. It is one of the easiest places to see surface fractures of the San Andreas Fault, evident as it crosses the image from lower right to upper left. The image was acquired May 12, 2007, covers an area of 33 by 56 km, and is located at 35.1 degrees north latitude, 119.6 degrees west longitude.

With its 14 spectral bands from the visible to the thermal infrared wavelength region and its high spatial resolution of 15 to 90 meters (about 50 to 300 feet), ASTER images Earth to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet. ASTER is one of five Earth-observing instruments launched Dec. 18, 1999, on Terra. The instrument was built by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. A joint U.S./Japan science team is responsible for validation and calibration of the instrument and data products.

The broad spectral coverage and high spectral resolution of ASTER provides scientists in numerous disciplines with critical information for surface mapping and monitoring of dynamic conditions and temporal change. Example applications are: monitoring glacial advances and retreats; monitoring potentially active volcanoes; identifying crop stress; determining cloud morphology and physical properties; wetlands evaluation; thermal pollution monitoring; coral reef degradation; surface temperature mapping of soils and geology; and measuring surface heat balance.

The U.S. science team is located at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The Terra mission is part of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C.

More information about ASTER is available at http://asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Image details

ID#:
PIA14555

Date added:
2011-08-16

Target:
Earth

Mission:
Earth Observing System (EOS)

Spacecraft:
Terra

Instruments:
Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER)

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Image credit:
NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team