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Beginner's Guide to Lakes, Rivers and Swamps on
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Lakes can range from black to a rich blue. The color depends upon water depth, sediment load, turbidity and surface disturbance.

Rivers can range from black to a rich blue.

Swamps are vegetated areas with a shallow water cover. Their color on the Landsat images is between the green of vegetation and the black/blue of water.

Satellite image of the Great Lakes
The Great Lakes of North America.

Satellite image of lake Balkhash
Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan.

Satellite image of lakes in Nicaragua
Lago de Managua and Lago de Nicaragua in Nicaragua.

Satellite image of Xi River
Xi River, Guangdong, China.

Satellite image of Brahmaputra River
The Brahmaputra River in India is a good example of a "braided" river.

Satellite image of rivers in Syria
The junction of the Euphrates and Khabur Rivers in Syria. Rivers are easy to spot in arid areas due to the vegetation concentrated around the banks.

Satellite image of Delaware Bay swamps
Marshlands along the banks of Delaware Bay, U.S.A.

Satellite image of the Everglades
The Everglades, Florida, U.S.A.

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