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Satellites and remote sensing technologies are providing us with new ways to learn about our planet.  Watch the interactive, “Congo River”, and learn how scientists are applying the new data. 

  • What are some river features satellites are now able to map?
  • How can understanding land cover features help in learning about population and species distribution, and evolution?
  • How might the whitewater regions of the Congo River have helped bring about the evolution of three different species of Lamprologus? 
  • In what other areas of the world could remote sensing be used to provide scientists with data?
  • What types of changes in a region might scientists be interested in and why?

Related Links

Related Links from NASA

   science@NASA: Earth Science Remote Sensing
Learn more about how researchers use various techniques to study different phenomena with this overview of remote sensing.

   Earth Observatory: Remote Sensing
Explore how satellites recognize and interpret electromagnetic data, and how they help us learn about our planet.

   Remote Sensing
Give your students hands-on experience with remote sensing with these easy-to-do lessons and activities.

   Science@NASA: Remote Sensing of the Ocean
In addition to rivers, oceans are also being studied by remote sensing. Learn about how satellites can tell us even more about our planet.

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