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Technology doesn’t stand still and neither does the vegetation mapping program. With 9X9 film and film cameras becoming increasingly rare, the 2010 systemic aerial photo effort will use a digital mapping camera to collect 8”/pixel imagery above Lock & Dam (L&D) 13 and 16”/pixel imagery below L&D 13 and along the Illinois River floodplain. There are two main reasons for this distinction; 1) the floodplain above L&D 13 is narrower and contains a greater amount and diversity of aquatic vegetation, and 2) below L&D 13, the Upper Mississippi River is largely channelized, with less aquatic vegetation, and wider, leveed floodplains dominated by agricultural use. This holds true for much of the Illinois River as well and the lower resolution [...]

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