Here's an opportunity to play geographical detective! This MISR image was acquired by the instrument's vertical-viewing (nadir) camera on June 12, 2001. The swath is approximately 380 kilometers wide. Choose any reference material you like and see if you can answer these questions:
1. This collection of islands, or archipelago, is part of what country?
The pictured archipelago is the Republic of Fiji.
2. The first national park in the area was designated in 1989, and includes a large complex of sand dunes. What is the park's name?
Its first national park, the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, was designated in July 1989.
3. The Independence Day holiday is celebrated on October 10. From whom was independence gained?
Fiji gained independence from the United Kingdom on October 10, 1970.
4. A tourist attraction is a 50-acre orchid garden started in 1977 by actor Raymond Burr. What is the name of the garden?
The Garden of the Sleeping Giant on the main island of Viti Levu includes many species of orchids, water lilies, and tropical plants.
Responses were received from many different parts of the world. Congratulations to all who figured out the right answers!
Credit: Image credit: NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team.