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Europe at night, satellite image. North is towards top left. Yellow lights mark the major cities. The Mediterranean coast is densely populated, as is the mainland of Britain. Atlantic islands (lower left) include the Canary Islands off the African coast. Dark areas include the Atlantic Ocean, the deserts of North Africa, and the Mediterranean Sea. Israel and the Nile are lit up (lower right). Some of the capital cities clearly seen are Rome, London, Paris and Madrid. Scandinavia, Russia and Eastern Europe have sparse or rural populations. It is late at night and dawn, a few hours away, is breaking in western Asia and the Middle East.
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