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Satellite image of the Americas at night. The white patches indicate city lights, and thus the distribution of urbanisation across the continent. The red spots across part of South America indicate large-scale burning of vegetation. The small yellow spot in Central America shows burning gas flares at oil production sites. Toward the top right may be seen white city lights in Europe, with cities and red spots of vegetation burning in Africa at far right. The image was recorded by the visible/infrared Operational Linescan System onboard a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft.
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