FELIX PHARAND-DESCHENES, GLOBAIA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY FELIX PHARAND-DESCHENES, GLOBAIA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Europe and north Africa at night. Map showing urban and industrial lights over Europe at night. It was created by combining data from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite. Most lights originate from artificial lighting in cities and towns. Isolated groups of lights over the sea originate from oil rig gas flares. This image illustrates modern human impact on the planet.
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