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Island of Madeira, Portugal

32.7N 16.9W

January 10th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Island of Madeira, Portugal - November 30th, 2009

Island of Madeira, Portugal - November 30th, 2009

Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago in the mid Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the Autonomous regions of Portugal, with Madeira Island, visible in this orthorectified image, and Porto Santo Island being the only inhabited islands.

Madeira is an archipelago with volcanic origins from a Hot Spot, so is not geographically part of a specific continent, but Madeira belongs and has belonged ethnically, culturally, economically and politically to Europe for 600 years despite being geographically closer to Africa.

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