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Satellite images help in search for mineral and petroleum deposits

The Landsat 7 satellite sweeps across Australia 705km overhead at least twice a day, sending back pictures to receiving stations in Alice Springs and Hobart. Through the program, Geoscience Australia offers a range of satellite imagery from nine internationally operated satellites and has a global reputation for receiving, processing and distributing data.

The data is used for mapping, as well as by mining companies searching for mineral and petroleum deposits, scientists studying changes in the environment, agronomists predicting crop yields, planners and developers working in the built environment, and emergency services monitoring natural disasters. The Landsat programme is run by the US Geological Survey and NASA.