EarthView–A Landsat Mosaic for Indiana’s Bicentennial

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Celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial with a Landsat Mosaic Image!

EarthViews is a continuing series in which we share a USGS Image of the Week featuring the USGS/NASA Landsat program. From the artistry of Earth imagery to natural and human-caused land change over time, check back every Friday to finish your week with a visual flourish!

Image shows a satellite mosaic of the state of Indiana
This Landsat mosaic was made of multiple images of Indiana stitched together. Credit: USGS/NASA Landsat Program.
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The EarthView: A Landsat Mosaic for Indiana’s Bicentennial


Throughout 2016, Indiana has been celebrating its 200th anniversary of statehood. Joining the Union on December 11, 1816, as the 19th state, Indiana was the second state admitted from what was once known as the Northwest Territory.

This satellite mosaic of the Hoosier State was created from several Landsat scenes stitched together to create one seamless image. Data from the National Elevation Dataset (NED) is also incorporated into the image. The names of major cities and county boundaries have been added.

The Landsat images used for this mosaic were from summer months, so it shows the state at the height of the growing season. Since farmland makes up about 70% of the state’s land, much of the state appears green. By contrast, urban areas appear in shades of lavender. The large spot in the middle of the state marks the location of Indiana’s capital and largest city, Indianapolis.

The Wabash River, the official state river, flows west across the northern part of the state and turns south to form part of the border with Illinois.

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