The incredible image above took home the award for best satellite image of 2011. It shows “‘The Rakaia River is in the Canterbury Plains in New Zealand’s South Island; it is one of the largest braided rivers in New Zealand,’ says DigitalGlobe.” Continue reading for amazing satellite imagery.

‘The river rises in the Southern Alps, travelling 150 kilometers in a generally easterly or southeasterly direction before entering the Pacific Ocean 50 kilometers south of Christchurch. For much of its journey, the river is a braided river, running through a wide shingle bed.’

[via DailyMail]