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Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Lesotho

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USGS, 2016, Lesotho: USGS Earthshots Web page at http://earthshots.usgs.gov.

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Earthshots introduces remote sensing by showing examples of how environmental changes look from space. South Africa needed water. Lesotho needed electricity. One huge project aims to solve both problems. Lesotho is a small mountainous country completely surrounded by South Africa. A little smaller than the U.S. state of Maryland, Lesotho’s most important natural resource is clean water, dubbed “white gold.” Lesotho’s highlands receive about 1,200 millimeters of rainfall annually and are the main headwaters for the Orange (Senqu) River system. Most of that water leaves Lesotho, flowing east to west across South Africa, where the river empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Measured by per capita gross domestic product (GDP), Lesotho is a [...]

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Thomas Adamson
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U.S. Geological Survey

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