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Earth from space. Coloured satellite image of the Earth, centred on Africa. North is at top. The continents are colour-coded: desert and arid regions are red, with forested and vegetated areas orange-yellow. Oceans are blue-green. Europe is at upper centre, and part of South America is at left. Many weather systems, as revealed by white clouds, can be seen. The polar ice caps are at top and bottom. Image taken by a European Meteosat weather satellite in geostationary orbit 35,790 km above the equator.
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