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The Maldives, satellite image. North is at top. Water is blue, vegetation is green, and beaches, clouds and coral atolls are white. Deep ocean is blue, with the shallow areas and sand banks around the atolls appearing as light blue. The Maldives, an archipelago of 26 atolls located in the Indian Ocean, stretches 750 kilometres from south to north. Image data obtained by the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites.
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