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Europe, cloud-free satellite image. North is at top. Land cover varies from vegetation (green) and snow and salt (white) to arid land (light brown). Sea colour varies from blue to light blue (coastal silt and algal blooms). This view stretches from Europe's Atlantic coasts (left) west to the Black Sea (lower right), and from Scandinavia (upper centre) southwards, past the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, through mainland Europe and across the Mediterranean Sea to the vast deserts of northern Africa (bottom). Major mountain ranges are also seen. This mosaic image uses data from the MODIS sensor on NASA's Terra satellite.
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