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A mire system totally converted by human activities in Vasterbotten, northern Sweden

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A mire system totally converted by human activities near the town of Fredrika, northwest of the provincial capital city of Umeå, Västerbotten, northern Sweden. The converted mire is visible in the center of the image. The bright magenta spot with straight artificial boundaries is a part of the mire drained and converted for peat extraction. The southern part of the same mire (white, turquoise, and greyish green area with visible rectangular grid of channels) was drained probably for later use as a peat extraction site or a hay-field. The draining channels are visible probably due to forest starting to grow on the most drained land along the channels while the areas in between still preserve the peat bog vegetation not yet gone. The surrounding landscape mainly consists of secondary young (bright green) and not so young (darker green) exploited forests with many clear-cuts (pink, light magenta, and light green rectangles), probably some croplands and remaining bogs (white, light grey, and turquoise spots).

Creation date:
26.07.2014

Region:
Europe

Theme:
Valuable nature areas

Image type:
Landsat 8

Processed by:
Transparent World