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To Recover Ganga River Basin of the Past, Indian scientist Use Declassified US Military Intel Images

To Recover Ganga River Basin of the Past, Indian scientist Use Declassified US Military Intel Images

In India, people consider River Ganga to be one of the holiest rivers in the country. And now, scientists are rebuilding its basin of the past by taking old images of the 1960s from the USA.

A team of Indian scientists have collected declassified satellite images of the US military intelligence for the rebuilding task. Originally, the images were used by different American intelligence agencies like CIA and others.

During the 1960s, the images of the entire Ganga river basin were captured by the classified military satellite system. The code name of the satellite was Corona.

IIT, Kanpur has been given the initiative to reconstruct the Ganga basin of the past by the ministry of sciences, India. The team of scientist are taking images from Corona archival imagery.

The processed Corona images will be available through the deliverables of the initiative. The images will be uploaded on public portals like Bhuvan geo-portal (ISRO-backed). After that, the scientists will create an atlas of the Ganga River of the present and the past.

With reference to the information available on the UGCS (United States Geological Survey) website, between 1960 and 1972, more than 8,60,000 images of the earth’s surface through the US photo intelligence satellites were captured. The photographic images which were collected from space through the classified military systems were later on sent to earth for analysis and processing. After that, the images were declassified in 1995.

The rebuilding initiative by India will help its government to frame desirable land use policies for the entire Ganga Basin. The government can use the polices for agriculture, recreational, residential and commercial use. 


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