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London and environs. Satellite image of the city of London and the surrounding countryside. The colours approximate to natural tones. North is at top. London (at centre), the capital of Britain, stands on the River Thames. In the west of London is Heathrow airport. The city is surrounded by the M25 orbital motorway, which appears here as a line around the city. A number of commuter towns lie around London in an area known as the "Home Counties". Agricultural fields appear as a patchwork of different colours. Image taken by the Landsat-5 satellite.
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