PIA21008: Blackhawk Landslide, California
 Target Name:  Earth
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Terra
 Spacecraft:  Terra
 Instrument:  ASTER
 Product Size:  1403 x 1442 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
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The Blackhawk landslide, Lucerne Valley, California, is a lobe of marble breccia, 10 to 30 m thick, 3 km wide, and nearly 8 km long. Geologic evidence shows that the rockslide came down the gently inclined slope as a nearly monolithic sheet moving more than 100 km per hour. The accepted hypothesis is that the slide was lubricated by a layer of compressed air. At least two earlier similar but smaller rockslides have occurred in the area. The south-looking perspective view image was acquired on September 22, 2014, and is located at 34.4 degrees north, 116.7 degrees west.

With its 14 spectral bands from the visible to the thermal infrared wavelength region and its high spatial resolution of 15 to 90 meters (about 50 to 300 feet), ASTER images Earth to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet. ASTER is one of five Earth-observing instruments launched Dec. 18, 1999, on Terra. The instrument was built by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. A joint U.S./Japan science team is responsible for validation and calibration of the instrument and data products.

The broad spectral coverage and high spectral resolution of ASTER provides scientists in numerous disciplines with critical information for surface mapping and monitoring of dynamic conditions and temporal change. Example applications are: monitoring glacial advances and retreats; monitoring potentially active volcanoes; identifying crop stress; determining cloud morphology and physical properties; wetlands evaluation; thermal pollution monitoring; coral reef degradation; surface temperature mapping of soils and geology; and measuring surface heat balance.

The U.S. science team is located at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The Terra mission is part of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C.

More information about ASTER is available at http://asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Image Credit:
NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

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