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Amuay Refinery, Venezuela

Located on the Paraguana Peninsula in northwest Venezuela, the Amuay refinery is one of the world’s largest and is capable of processing up to 630,000 barrels per day of crude oil. Venezuela supplies about 13 percent of the daily oil and oil products imported into the United State, much of which is gasoline.

In this false-color scene, dark blue is open water, greenish-brown shows vegetation land surface, and light bluish-white areas show human developments. This image was acquired on May 31, 2001, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite. With its 14 spectral bands from the visible to the thermal infrared wavelength region, and its high spatial resolution of 15 to 90 meters (about 50 to 300 feet), ASTER images Earth to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet.

Size: 9.4 x 11.1 km (5.8 x 6.9 miles)
Location: 11.7 deg. North lat., 70.2 deg. West long.
Orientation: North at top
Image Data: ASTER bands 1,2, and 3.
Original Data Resolution: 15 m
Date Acquired: May 31, 2001

Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team