Diego Garcia coral atoll

Diego Garcia coral atoll

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Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Diego Garcia coral atoll, seen from the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The atoll (dark green) encloses the shallow water of a lagoon (pale green). Clouds are white and the sea is blue. Diego Garcia is the largest of the coral atolls of the Chagos Archipelago, which lies about 560 kilometres south of the Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean. Coral reefs are formed by colonies of microscopic organisms on rocks just below the surface of the water. Wind-borne sediments can be deposited to form solid land where vegetation can establish itself. A large Anglo-American military base is in the north-west part of the atoll. Photographed on mission STS-038 (15-20 November 1990).

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