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Images from Space: Maui and Kaho'olawe

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Shuttle Photographs

Space Shuttle photograph of the central islands of the Hawaiian chain. From left to right they are Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and (bottom right) Kahoolawe. The bright streaks to the lower left of each island is caused by sun glint off of the calm water on the leeward (downwind) side of the island.

Space Shuttle photograph taken on a particularly fine day, showing both West Maui (at left) and Haleakala volcanoes on Maui. Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island, and measures 77 x 42 km in size. Kahoolawe is the small island at the bottom of this image. It is 18 x 10 km in size.

Landsat Images

This is a Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) image of Maui.

SIR-C Images

This is a Space Shuttle radar - C (SIR-C) L-band HH polarization image of Maui. It was collected in April 1994. This image replaces the low resolution one that we originally had here since we have now processed the full resolution data. In this image, the difference in erosion between West Maui (at left) and East Maui (otherwise known as Haleakala) to the right are strikingly clear. This is because West Maui is a much older volcano than East Maui.

These data provide almost complete coverage of Maui at a resolution of 25 m/pixel. To show you more of the details, but to keep the image file sizes small, we have highlighted three areas of Maui, and have provided close-up views. Area A shows West Maui volcano. We have some good ground photographs of this area on our Virtual Field Trip of Maui, but the air photographs on this tour suffer from the extensive cloud cover over the mountains. Radar, because it is unaffected by clouds (due to the long wavelength), provides much better views. Area B shows the S.W. Rift Zone of East Maui volcano. We also get a close view of Haleakala Crater in Area C Although it is off the bottom of this image, we have also obtained a fine view of part of Kahoolawe island, which is Area D

Area A: [ 600x435 JPEG |
300x217 JPEG ]

Area B: [ 1028x1229 JPEG |
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Area C: [ 576x526 JPEG |
288x263 GIF ]

Area D: [ 326x526 JPEG |
163x268 GIF ]

The Canadian Space Agency/Agence spatiale canadienne also has a wonderful radar image of Maui

This is a SAR image of Kaho'olawe.

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Author: Lori Glaze

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Curator: Lori Glaze