St Kilda, UK, satellite image

St Kilda, UK, satellite image

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Caption: St Kilda archipelago, UK, Landsat 7 satellite image. North is at top. This is the most remote island group in the UK, lying 66 kilometres west of the Outer Hebrides. The largest island is Hirta. Soay lies immediately to its west while Boreray is to the northeast. Boreray is the site of the world's largest colony of gannets. The islands have been uninhabited since 1930, but they are visited frequently by biologists studying the feral Soay sheep, workers at the military tracking base, and recreational divers. There never was a Saint Kilda, the name is thought to be a corruption of the Norse word skildir, meaning shields.

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