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Earth From Space: Envisat Satellite Photos

Saudi Arabia

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This Envisat image, acquired on Oct. 28, 2011, shows central Saudi Arabia on the arid Arabian Peninsula. The dark circle near the centre of the image is the capital city of Riyadh, the nation’s legislative, financial administrative, diplomatic and commercial hub.

Volcanic Canaries

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The subtropical Canary Islands off Africa’s west coast are pictured in this image, acquired on Sep. 8, 2011. The Portuguese archipelago, Madeira, lies to the northwest.

Island of Guadalupe

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This Envisat image, acquired on June 15, 2011, shows the volcanic island of Guadalupe peeking through the clouds. The island lies in the Pacific Ocean around 250 km off the west coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

Alaska’s Yukon Delta

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This Envisat image features Alaska’s Yukon Delta, where the Yukon River fans out into a labyrinth of distributaries before emptying into the Bering Sea. This image was created by combining three Envisat images (Nov. 19, 2009, April 8, 2010 and May 13, 2010) over the same area.

Snowy Italy

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Captured by Envisat’s MERIS instrument on Feb. 13, this image shows an unusual view of Italy: almost all of the country is covered with snow.

West Coast of Africa - First MERIS image

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The first MERIS observation captured the huge phytoplankton patch produced by the 'upwelling' mechanism along the west coast of Africa near Mauritania. The unprecedented resolution of MERIS allows such fine-scale structures to be detected. The image was acquired on March 22, 2002.

Clouds Over the Canary Islands

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Envisat's MERIS instrument photographed swirling cloud formations over the Canary Islands, June 6, 2010.

Oil Depot Fire, London

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Envisat's MERIS instrument photographed a plume of smoke from an oil depot fire, London, England, on December 11, 2005.

Hawaiian Islands Seen by Envisat

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Envisat's ASAR instrument recorded this image of the Hawaiian Islands during 2006/2008.

Antarctica Ice Shelf

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Envisat's ASAR instrument recorded this image of an Antarctica ice shelf on March 5, 2011.

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