Mount Isa - Queensland, Australia

Location of Mount Isa, Queensland

Location of Mount Isa, Queensland
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The city of Mount Isa is located in inland northwestern Queensland, 20km south from Lake Moondarra. These images were acquired from the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper sensor. True and false colour images for both a recent (2010), and an older (1987) scene are available below in high resolution JPEG format.

For acquisition of full resolution files see the Earth Observation Catalogue, or contact earth.observation@ga.gov.au

Mount Mount

In these false colour images, the extent of the urban areas of Mount Isa are highlighted in green. Vegetation also appears in shades of green, with grassland very bright, and sparse shrubs very pale, such as along the tributaries of Lake Moondarra. Soils appear in a range of colours, from mauve to crimson. The open cut mines to the east of town appear dark blue, with the man-made water bodies appearing black. Within the city there has been increased infrastructure development mostly to in the north around Soldiers Hill, Ryan and Mount Isa Airport. To the west of the city, the satellite residential area of Breakaway has appeared, and more grassland and gardens has grown around Sunset Stadium. Also notice the greater water volume in Lake Moondarra in the 2010 image.


1987 Mount Isa true colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 3 (visible red), 2 (visible green) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 4 October 1987
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 384KB]
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2010 Mount Isa true colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 3 (visible red), 2 (visible green) and 1 (visible blue) respectively
  • Image taken on 3 October 2010
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 374KB]
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1987 Mount Isa false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 5 (mid-infrared), 4 (near infrared) and 3 (visible red) respectively
  • Image taken on 4 October 1987
  • 25m Resolution

In these false colour images, the urban extents of Mount Isa are highlighted in green. Vegetation also appears in shades of green, with grassland very bright, and sparse shrubs very pale, such as along the tributaries of Lake Moondarra. Soils appear in a range of colours, from mauve to crimson. The open cut mines to the east of town appear dark blue, with the man-made water bodies appearing black.

Download high resolution image [JPEG 375KB]
© Geoscience Australia

2010 Mount Isa false colour

  • Landsat 5 TM satellite image
  • Red, green, and blue hues are representing TM band’s 5 (mid-infrared), 4 (near infrared) and 3 (visible red) respectively
  • Image taken on 3 October 2010
  • 25m Resolution
Download high resolution image [JPEG 390KB]
© Geoscience Australia

Topic contact: earth.observation@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 27, 2011