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Earth. Satellite image of the Earth, centred on the Arctic Ocean. The North Pole is at centre. Water is blue, vegetation is green, arid areas are brown, and snow and ice are white. Both land and ocean floor topography are shown. There is no land at the North Pole, but the Arctic Ocean is covered in a shifting mass of sea ice (not shown here). Surrounding the Arctic Ocean (clockwise from top) is the Pacific Ocean, Asia, Europe (the northern part of Africa is also seen), Greenland (white) and the Atlantic Ocean, and North America.
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