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The whole Earth seen from space. This false-colour image is centered on the equator at the prime meridian (0 degrees). The continent of Africa dominates the image, with the yellow expanse of the Sahara Desert clearly visible. Most of the African rain forest belt (green) is covered by cloud systems. Europe is at the top of the frame, with the UK clear of cloud. A swirling frontal cloud system is seen toward top left. Part of South America is seen toward bottom left. Dense clouds are shown as white, thinner cloud cover shown as pink. The data for this image were gathered by the Meteosat 4 weather satellite in geostationary orbit in early 1990.
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