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Earth. Satellite image of the Earth, centred on the Mediterranean Sea. North is at top. Water is blue, vegetation is green, arid areas are brown, and snow and ice are white. Both land and ocean floor topography are shown, including the mountain ranges of central Asia (upper right). An enormous swathe of arid land stretches from the Sahara in northern Africa, east across the Arabian Peninsula and into Asia. The colours of the Sahara are seen in great detail, as well as the light and dark greens of Europe (upper centre), northern Asia, and central Africa (lower centre). Browner colours show the less lush areas of southern and eastern Africa. Arctic sea ice is not shown.
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