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September 2, 2011 - New York State's drowned lands

New York State's Drowned Lands Before
Landsat 5
July 30, 2011
New York State's Drowned Lands After
Landsat 5
August 31, 2011
New York State's Drowned Lands Before
New York State's Drowned Lands After
July 30, 2011 August 31, 2011
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The aftermath of Hurricane Irene, shown in the August 31 Landsat 5 image above, reveals the intense flooding in the black dirt region surrounding the hamlet of Pine Island in the town of Warwick, New York. Originally called "the drowned lands" the region is the remains of a great shallow lake which was formed by receding glaciers. Crops grown in the 5500 acres of the black dirt area include onions, lettuce, radishes, cabbage, carrots, corn, pumpkin, squash; extensive sod farms are also in the low lands.