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Land-use and land-cover compared with ground observations of land. (Credit: Erle Ellis)
Land-cover denotes the surface cover over land, including vegetation, rock and human-modified surfaces such as buildings. Land-cover is a characteristic of the land that can be observed physically, as by remote sensing. This is different than land-use, because a single land-cover type can be used in various ways by humans.
Erle Ellis (Lead Author);Robert Pontius (Topic Editor) "Land-cover". In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published in the Encyclopedia of Earth April 14, 2009; Last revised Date April 14, 2009; Retrieved May 24, 2013 <http://www.eoearth.org/article/Land-cover>