Various countries in the Mediterranean Sea were captured on 10 May by Sentinel-3A, in this false-colour image.
Parts of Greece, Turkey and Libya are featured, showing their distinct differences. In the middle of the image is the Greek island of Crete, dominated by harsh mountains rising out of the sea.
Home to hundreds of migratory bird species and some small wild animals, the Crete is characterised by mountain ranges rising to 2400 m, along with natural harbours, coastal plains and typical Mediterranean scrub.
Northwest of Crete is Greece's mainland, while under the clouds, a small part of Italy's ‘heel and tip' are visible.
At the image's top right, parts of southwestern Turkey are distinct, indicating a mixture of agricultural landscape and mountainous regions, where bare soil and rock formations prevail.
At the bottom of the image, Libya's arid desert is evident, with the Saharan plateau comprising some nine-tenths of the country, making it a true sea of sand.
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Credit: ESA - Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA