Here's another chance to play geographical detective! These images from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) were captured by the instrument's nadir camera on July 31, 2002, and show a natural-color (top) and false-color (bottom) view of a 291 kilometer x 158 kilometer area.
The false-color image includes data from the camera's near-infrared band, and accentuates the appearance of vegetation. North is toward the top.
Below are nine statements about the large, leaf-shaped island in the lower left part of the image area. Only some of these statements are true. Use any reference materials you like, and mark each statement true or false:
1. The island is known by at least three different names.
2. At least one language spoken on the island is not in common usage anywhere else.
3. The capital city of the province to which the island belongs is located within 200 kilometers of the northern boundary of the image area.
4. The island's shores are home to its country's most spectacular coral reefs.
5. Due to the extreme depth of the sea floor surrounding the island, sea level fluctuations during the Quaternary Period have not changed the horizontal location of its coastline by more than 500 meters.
6. There are no fruit bats on the island.
7. The region within which the island is situated harbors a freshwater turtle that is exceptional in its possession of an anatomical characteristic otherwise typical of marine turtles.
8. Insect control has been tested as a means of combatting an invasive aquatic weed that threatens wetland habitats in the island's vicinity.
9. Species of Avicennia are found in the island's coastal regions.
E-mail your answers, name (initials are acceptable if you prefer), and your hometown to by Tuesday, September 10, 2002, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Answers will be published on the MISR Quiz page in conjunction with the next weekly image release. The names and home towns of respondents who answer all questions correctly by the deadline will also be published in the order responses were received. The first 3 people on this list who are not affiliated with NASA, JPL, or MISR and who did not win a prize in the last quiz will be sent a print of the image.
A new "Where on Earth...?" mystery appears as the MISR "image of the week" approximately once every two months. A new image of the week is released every Wednesday at noon Pacific time on the MISR home page, http://www-misr.jpl.nasa.gov. The image also appears on the Earth Observatory,http://Earthobservatory.nasa.gov/ , and on the Atmospheric Sciences Data Center home page, http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/ , though usually with a several-hour delay.
MISR was built and is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, for NASA's Office of Earth Science, Washington, DC. The Terra satellite is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology.