Orbital View: The Womb of a Mighty River

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This incredible view is above Three Forks, Montana:

The city is located within the watershed valley system of both the Missouri and Mississippi rivers drainage basins — and is historically considered the birthplace or start of the Missouri River. Three Forks is named so because it lies geographically near the point, in nearby Missouri Headwaters State Park, where the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin Rivers converge to form the Missouri River — the longest single river in North America.

A commenter has mixed emotions:

Yeah! Montana! There’s a wildfire near that spot right now! 😕

Another commenter asks a question you’re probably asking yourself: “Why is it so white compared to the areas around it?” I’m guessing it’s due to Google Earth; the satellite likely scanned that grid at a different time of the year than the other ones. But if anyone else has a better explanation, drop me an email. Update from a reader:

Regarding the question of color variation, it appears to me that this is due to this particular section being at a different part of the cropping cycle (the surrounding fields appear to either be just planted or already harvested, you can see the rows still). My guess is that this is a farmer that is way behind all of his neighbors in harvesting his crop (wheat I would presume).

You often can see where the photomosaic tiles are obviously from different photos take at various times throughout the year, but it would never conform to just a single section.  You can see from the rounded corners (tractors and combines have a wide turn radius) that the color is on the ground and not an artifact of scanning.

However, what I fail to see is what makes this particular shot so amazing. It doesn’t actually show the Three Forks, just a field cut with some ravines (although I dig the crossover in the middle of the shot). Unlike your Trilobite dam shot, which was obviously dramatic. Not trying to be a hater here, just interested is trying to see this as you do.

Yeah that’s a far better guess, as I look more closely at the finer details. I was thinking more snow that wheat, but wheat seems more likely.