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Record-breaking smoke over Canada

The intense fires and persistent southerly winds have wafted extraordinary amounts of smoke north over Canada's Northwest Territories and Yukon and Nunavut provinces.

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Antarctica's Larsen C Iceberg

This TerraSAR-X image shows Antarctica's Larsen C iceberg on 22 July 2017. On 12 July, the detachment of this gigantic section of the Larsen C ice shelf, astonished the world and motivated scientists to carry out further experiments to investigate the stability of the ice-sheet.

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Bingham Canyon Mine

The Bingham Canyon Mine is the largest excavation in the world, producing more copper than any other mine; along with gold, silver, and molybdenum.

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Crater Lake

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station shot this photograph of Crater Lake, in the Cascade Mountains of southwest Oregon.

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Las Vegas Strip, USA

The TerraSAR-X satellite acquired this view of the Las Vegas Strip in 2016. The strip is a stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County, Nevada and is spread across 6.8 kilometres in the south of Las Vegas city between the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester.

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Pilanesberg, South Africa

The circular structure dominating this Sentinel-2 image is Pilanesberg, the result of geological activity over more than a billion years.

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Earthstone fire

The Earthstone fire started near Sparks, Nevada on the afternoon of 03 July.

Planet's dense constellation of satellites captured the area before the fire started on 02 July, as well spotting the growing burn scar and rising smoke on 04 and 05 July.

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South Patagonian Icefield

Often shrouded in clouds and mist, the entirety of the South Patagonian Icefield is rarely visible from space. This mosaic combines cloud-free images acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 on 29 April, 01 and 24 May, 2016.

Patagonia is one of the windiest and wettest regions on Earth. Westerlies gain moisture and momentum as they cross the Pacific Ocean. When they reach South America, they ride up and over the Andes, through fjords, and across two icefields.

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France

Sentinel-3 gives us a nearly cloud-free view of France and the surrounding countries.

Just above the centre we can see Paris – the site of ESA's headquarters as well as the Paris Air & Space Show taking place this week.

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Wolf Volcano in the Galapagos Islands

SPOT-6 acquired this view of Wolf Volcano in the Galapagos Islands in February 2016. This volcano, the highest in the archipelago, sits on the northern end of Isabela Island.

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Turquoise swirls in the Black Sea

Most summers, jewel-toned hues appear in the Black Sea. The turquoise swirls are not the brushstrokes of a painting; they indicate the presence of phytoplankton, which trace the flow of water currents and eddies.

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Guitar Forest

The Pleiades satellite acquired this view of the Guitar Forest in Argentina in February 2016. A local farmer, Pedro Martin Ureta, planted 7,000 cypress and eucalyptus trees in the shape of a guitar as a tribute to his late wife Graciela Yraizoz.

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Tropical Cyclone Mora

The geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT, JMA and NOAA acquired this image of Tropical Cyclone Mora approaching Bangladesh at 09:00 UTC on Monday, 29 May 2017.

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Corinth Canal

This photograph, taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, shows the straight line of the Corinth Canal as it crosses a narrow isthmus between mainland Greece (right) and the Peloponnese Peninsula. The canal cuts through the narrowest part of the isthmus of Corinth. The towns of Corinth and Isthmia stand near the west and east ends (north is to the upper right). Near the center of the image, a highway crosses the canal and connects Athens to the Peloponnese.

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Uintah Basin, United States

Sentinel-2 takes us over the border of the US states Utah and Colorado.

Rivers cut through the landscape, along which we can see patches of agriculture appearing bright red in this false-colour image – a stark contrast to the less-vegetated areas across the semi-arid region.

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Fort Bourtange, the Netherlands

This image of Fort Bourtange obtained by Pléiades was acquired in Feb, 2015.


Fort Bourtange is a star-shaped moat fort, located in the village of Bourtange in the east of Groningen in the Netherlands near the German border.

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An Island Carved by Water

On 17 October 2016, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this image of Long Island's East End. While the North Shore is characterized by craggy inlets and peninsulas, the South Shore is lined with smooth, protective sand bars-the result of constantly pounding waves.

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Lake MacKay, Australia

Brown hills speckle the eastern part of Australia's Lake MacKay in this satellite image.

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Okavango Delta, Botswana

UK-DMC-2 captured this optical image of the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in northern Botswana.

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Timbuktu

The Flock constellation captured this view of Timbuktu on 5 March 2017. This famous city is situated on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Mali.

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