Download a sample scene from Mount Roraima surrounded by clouds

Roraima is a tepui located in the junction of Brazil, Guyana, and Venezuela. It’s famous for the near-constant cloud coverage.

This is a cropped version of a Landsat 8 scene from 2015/10/04, which is one of the rare relatively cloud-free scenes available.

The scene was downloaded from USGS Earth Explorer. Original data are in the public domain and are redistributed here in accordance with the Landsat Data Distribution Policy.

Source: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.24143622.v1 (CC0)


untar (bool) – If True, unpack the tar archive after downloading and return a path to the folder containing the unpacked files instead. Default is False.


path (str) – The path to the downloaded .tar file that contains the scene.