US NASA is offering Landsat images for free, that cover the
of earth almost completely. The images are composed of two infrared
bands and visible green, in false colours, georeferenced in UTM grid.
The images may be downloaded as MrSid-formatted tiles (expect bulky 50
MB files), or as interactively chosen jpeg-windows. So far, scenes
collected in 1990 with a resolution of 28.5 m were offered. Recently
the collection was updated with images taken in year 2000, resolved to
stunning 14.25 m. The URL is accessible only temporarily (for heavy
download traffic?), so be patient, it is worth several tries.
Luckily, an almost cloud-free picture of Ok Tedi Mine is
It shows the pit, and the streams of dead rock and tailings from the
dumping sites north and south at the pit, shedding their load towards
Ok Tedi River. The mining town Tabubil is seen on lower right.
Other copper mines
mine, Bougainville - resolution coarsed 25% - 57 meters. Though the
former supplier of Affi's was closed at the beginning of the
Bougainville rebellion 1989, the jungle did not recover the wounded
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