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Earth from space. Coloured satellite image of the Earth, centred on Africa. North is at top. The land is colour-coded: desert and arid regions are light blue, with forested and vegetated areas red. Oceans are dark blue. 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 by a Meteosat weather satellite in geostationary orbit. Meteosat is operated on behalf of its owners Eumetsat by the European Space Agency (ESA).
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