Earth from space, satellite image
Earth from space. Satellite image showing North and South America as seen from 35, 000 kilometres above the Earth's surface. North is at top and the Moon is at upper right. Clouds (white) are seen, as are seas and oceans (blue). Land cover ranges from vegetation such as forests and grassy plains (green) to arid areas such as deserts, mountains, and scrublands (brown). This image combines data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite and NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES).
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Australia, satellite image
Australia. Satellite image of the Earth, set against a background of stars, centred on the island continent of Australia. North is at top. Clouds (white) are seen in the atmosphere. On the surface, seas and oceans (blue) surround the land. Land cover ranges from vegetation such as forests and grassy plains (green) to arid areas such as deserts, mountains, and scrublands (brown). Most of Australia is an arid desert, with rainforests in some coastal areas. To the north are the islands of the Malay Archipelago, to the east the Pacific islands, and to the south-east New Zealand (all covered in clouds). This image, from 2001, combines data from a variety of satellite sensors (AVHRR, SeaWiFS, MODIS) at a range of wavelengths.
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World land cover, global map
World land cover, global map. This cylindrical map projection of the Earth shows magnified examples of the terrain and land cover. These include conifer trees symbolising northern forests, tropical trees for rainforests and desert palms, large mountains for the world's major mountain ranges, and wide, branching waterways for the world's major rivers. Colour indicates terrain, with deserts, ice fields, alpine mountains, and forests and grasslands shown in their natural colours. The map overlaps slightly at the eastern and western edges to ensure that all areas are shown in their full geographical context.
© GARY HINCKS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY