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August 2, 2011 - The Untamed River

Missouri River Before
Landsat 7
May 18, 2010
Missouri River After
Landsat 5
August 1, 2011
Missouri River Before
Missouri River After
May 18, 2010 August 1, 2011
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The untamed Missouri River continues to alter the landscape of the Missouri River Basin, as shown in the Landsat satellite imagery above of the river near Decatur, NE, and Onawa, IA. Available evidence from the flood zone indicates that as new channels and deep cuts through the valley lowlands are likely being gouged, the rich farmland and countless human constructs are being destroyed or washed away in the months-long flood. In both images, vegetation is green.