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Earth, topographical map, centred on 180 degrees East. Elevation is colour-coded. On land, low- lying areas are green, with yellow, orange, red and finally grey indicating increasing elevation. In the oceans, the shallow waters of the continental shelf are turquoise, with deeper blues showing deeper waters. The highest point on Earth is Mount Everest, at 8848 metres above sea level, in the Himalaya mountain range (grey/red, upper left). The lowest point is Challenger Deep, at 10,900 metres below sea level, at the southern end of the Mariana Trench (purple arc between Japan and New Guinea just left of centre). SPL***.
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