Natural Resources

The Chuquicamata mine, and its nearest city, Calama, is located in one of the driest places on earth, in Chile’s Atacama Desert approximately 1,650km north of the capital city Santiago. Codelco is the largest copper-producing company in the world and will extend the productive life of the Chuquicamata mine by taking operations underground.
This image was acquired on October 30, 2010 by FORMOSAT-2, which can provide for environmental impact assessment and natural resources monitoring.

Natural Resources

Leigh Creek is a coal-mining town in eastern central South Australia. The lands around Leigh Creek showed serious sign of desertification. Overgrazing and the unrestricted use of 4-wheel vehicles, motorbikes and horses also added to land degradation.
This image was acquired on May 20, 2013 by FORMOSAT-2.