Missouri, USA

Missouri, USA

Courtesy of NASA/JPL

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01806


The Missouri River meanders through its floodplain. False colors in this image represent elevations starting with purple for the low areas through blue, green, yellow, and the highest areas in orange.

The right side of the image shows typical drainage patterns for the midwestern United States. The left side shows damage caused by a 1993 levee break that scoured out a channel in the floodplain as water rushed through.