The western territories of Argentina are dominated by the steep Andes mountains. This rocky, dry region resembling the Grand Canyon is rich in copper, zinc, gold, silver, lithium and several other minerals. This has attracted mining industries from many developed countries leading to extremely high paces of extraction; the size of the reserves, however, is still unclear. By using images in multiple spectral bands, satellites are able to study the age and composition of the rocks and, eventually, may help discover new reserves.
Image captured on December 12, 2016 at 3:14 PM (UTC)