Best MSS Bands for Identifying Surface Features
Black tone in black and white and color.
Dark in 7; bluish in color.
Nonforested Coastal Wetlands
Dark gray tone between black water and light gray land; blocky pinks, reds, blues, blacks.
Very dark tone in 5, light in 7; dark red.
Mottled medium to dark gray in 7, very dark in 5; brownish-red and subdued tone in color,
Lighter tone in 5, darker in 7 and grayish to brownish-red in color, relative to normal vegetation.
Combination of blotchy gray tones; mottled pinks, reds, and brownish-red.
Grasslands (in growth)
Light tone in black and white; pinkish-red.
Croplands and Pasture
Medium gray in 5, light in 7, pinkish to moderate red in color depending on growth stage.
Irregular darker gray tones (broad);darker colors.
Soils-bare Rock-Fallow Fields
Depends on surface composition and extent of vegetative cover. If barren or exposed, may be brighter in 4 and 5 than in 7, Red soils and red rock in shades of yellow; gray soil and rock dark bluish; rock outcrops associated with large land forms and structure.
Faults and Fractures
Linear (straight to curved), often discontinuous; interrupts topography; sometimes vegetated.
Sand and Beaches
Bright in all bands; white, bluish, to light buff.
Stripped Land-Pits and Quarries
Similar to beaches usually not near large water bodies; often mottled, depending on reclamation.
Urban Areas: Commercial Industrial
Usually light toned in 5, dark in 7, mottled bluish-gray with whitish and reddish specks.
Urban Areas: Residential
Mottled gray, with street patterns visible; pinkish to reddish.
Linear patterns, dirt and concrete roads light, in 5; asphalt dark in 7.
Primary Author: Nicholas M. Short, Sr. email: [email protected]