(44.4982°N 92.3013°W) Lake Pepin

This image was acquired by Copernicus Sentinel-1 on Lake Pepin on 01/01/2020. It is the first image of this new year and decade.
The Lake Pepin was formed by the delta of the Chippewa River, which flows into the Mississippi at the southwestern edge of Wisconsin.   It is a naturally border between the U.S. states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The image, below, is a color-composite  (Red:VH, Green:VV, Blue:VV-VH ) between the two polarization . Following the natural border, we can see the settlements near the lake: from the city Winona( below) to the Mainden Rocks in the top, passing through Minnesota City, Buffalo City, Lake City and Pepin.

Lake Pepin captured with Copernicus Sentinel-1 ( coulor composite Red:VH, Green:VV, Blue:VV-VH)

The top-center of the image shows  the confluence of the Chippewa and Mississippi Rivers, Nelson-Trevino where are an extensive, undisturbed wilderness portion of the largest delta floodplain forest in the upper Midwest.

Below the two polarization: VH and VV of the Sentinel-1 satellite.

The lake was first named in a map of New France made by Guillaume Delisle at the request of Louis XIV of France in 1703. The lake was named for Jean Pepin who settled on its shores in the late 1600s after exploring the Great Lakes from Boucherville.

Old Map: Carte du Canada ou de la Nouvelle France -Guillaume Delisle

A Little curiosity : Pepin, Wisconsin, is the birthplace American writer Laura Ingalls Wilder was an known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children’s books



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