Image of the Week - Lake Meredith’s Return

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Lake Meredith National Recreation Area takes its name from the water body it surrounds in the Texas Panhandle. The Amarillo-area lake sees more than a million visitors a year.

Visitor numbers were much smaller just a few years ago. More than a decade of drought shrank water levels at Lake Meredith until a rush of rain in 2017 brought a turnaround.

Each week, the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center highlights a new satellite image(s) featuring striking changes to the Earth's surface. Our images come from locations around the world.

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Image Dimensions: 1920 x 1080

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Length: 00:01:12

Location Taken: Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, TX, US

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Writer, John Hult

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Lake Meredith National Recreation Area takes its name from the water body it surrounds in the Texas Panhandle. The Amarillo-area lake sees more than a million visitors a year. Visitor numbers were much smaller just a few years ago. More than a decade of drought shrank water levels at Lake Meredith until a rush of rain in 2017 brought a turnaround. These Landsat images highlight the lake’s return. Each image was captured in November and rendered to reflect natural color using bands 4, 3, and 2 of Landsat’s Operational Land Imager. The 2013 image shows the lake as a green spot on an otherwise drab landscape. The northeast tip of the lake runs up against a dam that separates it from the parched Canadian River. By 2018, the lake’s surface area more than doubled in size. Landsat imagery is a useful tool for monitoring and characterizing both natural and manmade change. Landsat imagery is available at no charge through tools like EarthExplorer, LandsatLook and GloVis.