For Valentine’s Day, we bring you this image of Copernicus Sentinel-2 that captures a beautiful heart-shaped geographical formation in the spectacular landscape of the highlands of southern Bolivia.
The highlands are part of the Altiplano, which means Altiplano, a region that extends for almost 1000 km from Peru to Bolivia. The landscape consists of a series of basins that are located at about 3500 m above sea level and is the largest area of high plateau on Earth, outside of Tibet.
This particular area presented here is a transition between the desert in the west and the tropical forest in the east. The heart-shaped formation has been shaped by many layers of different geological formations over time. The numerous streams and rivers visible in this image have also contributed to the landscape configuration as we see it today.
This false color composite image was processed by selecting spectral bands that can be used to classify geological features, but here the image processing also highlights this lovely heart for today’s image.
Sucre, the capital of the department of Chuquisaca, is visible at the top of the gray image. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the city is located at an altitude of about 2800 meters above sea level. To the left of Sucre, you can see the Maragua crater, a popular hiking destination.
Satellites, like Copernicus Sentinel-2, allow us to capture beautiful images like these from space, but also to monitor changing places on Earth. Flying 800 km high, satellites take the pulse of our planet by taking images and systematically measuring the changes that take place, which is particularly important in regions that would otherwise be difficult to access. This allows informed decisions to help protect our world for future generations and for all citizens who inhabit our beloved Earth.
We send all our love for Valentine’s Day from the high plateaus of Bolivia, and we hope to continue our celebration of love for the Earth every day of the year.