Los Angeles to San Joaquin Valley, California in Stereo!
September 27, 2000
The Mojave Desert and Rosamond Dry Lake dominate the right half of this image pair, which also includes the San Andreas Fault slicing the images diagonally from upper left to lower right. The Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley can be seen in the lower left, as well as the fields of the San Joaquin Valley at the top of the image.
This stereoscopic image was generated by draping a Landsat satellite image acquired in November, 1986 over a preliminary Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) elevation model derived from observations made in February, 2000. Two differing perspectives were then calculated, one for each eye. They can be seen in 3-D by viewing the left image with the right eye and the right image with the left eye (cross-eyed viewing), or by downloading and printing the image pair, and viewing them with a stereoscope. When stereoscopically merged, the result is a vertically exaggerated view of the Earth's surface in its full three dimensions. Landsat has been providing visible and infrared views of the Earth since 1972. SRTM elevation data matches the 30 meter resolution of most Landsat images and will substantially help in analyses of the large and growing Landsat image archive.
Cross your eyes and give it a try!