Imagery basemap of the Western United States with Landsat 8 data

Explore more than 3 million sq km of satellite imagery

We’ve just processed a new region with fresh Landsat 8 imagery: the Western United States. This new mosaic adds up to the list of PlanetSAT Updates imagery basemap already available. This new region extends over the following U.S. states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the state of Hawaii. Hundreds of Landsat 8 satellite imagery from 2015-2016 stretching over more than 3 million square kilometers have been assembled and processed seamlessly in natural colours. This new basemap of the Western United States at 15-meter resolution is perfect for a working scale of 1:50,000.

Focus on the Western United States

Here is a selection of satellite images cropped from PlanetSAT Updates imagery basemap of the Western United States, from the West coast to the Colorado uplands, through amazing salt lakes and nice forest land art.

The tour starts with the Silicon Valley in California, home of the global high-tech industry of the digital economy. Silicon Valley is a nickname for the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area that includes Mountain View, Santa Clara and San José, also called “Capital of Silicon Valley”. Many big companies and institutions are based in “The Valley”. This includes Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, just to name a few, organizations like Mozilla Foundation and Creative Commons and the prestigious Stanford University.

Here are the Sutter Buttes in the Sacramento Valley in California. These remnants of an extinct volcano are located close to Yuba City (bottom right of the satellite image). With their highest point at 647m, the Buttes are also called the “smallest mountain range in the world”! The visual contrast between the Sutter Buttes and the surrounding agricultural fields is pretty striking.

Owens Lake is a rather unusual sight, located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada in California. Till the 1920’s, this 10 kilometer-long saline lake was an important feeding and resting stop for millions of migrating waterfowl. The diversion of the water to the Los Angeles Aqueduct has then totally dried the lake out and turned it into a large salt flat. Today, the marshland along the lakeshore have been able to maintain part of the lake’s ecosystem and Owens Lake is again an important nesting and feeding place for thousands of birds.

The famous desert resort cities of Palm Springs and Palm Desert are located in the Coachella valley in Southern California. In this dry region in the middle of the desert, temperatures go easily above 40°C in summer. However, the number of golf courses is here pretty impressive. The imagery shows part of the city of Palm Desert and its numerous golf courses. We let you guess how many golf courses are on the image!

Why this giant checkerboard pattern in Northern Idaho? This is one of the numerous tree farms located there that grow Christmas trees!

Navajo Nation is the largest Native American territory covering about 71,000 sq km across Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. On the northwestern part of the satellite image, the Colorado River course that partially borders this territory can be easily identified. Famous sites, such as Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Shiprock and part of Grand Canyon are located there.

The city of Las Vegas is situated in the middle of the Mojave Desert in Nevada. All famous casinos and resort hotels are concentrated on the Las Vegas Strip, a stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard that crosses the city from north to south. McCarran international airport is just on the east side of the Strip.

The Great Salt Lake in Northern Utah is the largest salt water lake of the American continent. Why a lake with two distinct colours? The answer is simple: a solid railroad causeway divides the lake into two parts. The Great Salt Lake Desert, a large dry lake, stretches over hundreds of square kilometers on the western side of the image. Salt Lake City is on the southeastern side.

Located on the west coast in the state of Washington, Seattle is a seaport city surrounded by water and forest. It lies between the saltwater Puget Sound, an arm of the Pacific Ocean, to the west and Lake Washington to the east. The city’s nickname is the “Emerald City” because of the evergreen forests of the surrounding environment.

PlanetSAT Updates basemaps in your applications

PlanetSAT Updates basemaps are great mapping tools ready for quick and easy use. The imagery is available in different standard formats that integrate very easily in any GIS or virtual globe solution.

This new PlanetSAT Updates basemap of the Western United States follow on the mosaic of Mexico finalized this summer. You’ll find on PlanetSAT Updates webpage the list of all regions available off-the-shelf. About 50% of the Earth is already covered!

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