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Urban Areas of London and Birmingham, United Kingdom – October 19th, 2011

52.4N 1.8W

October 19th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

United Kingdom - October 12th, 2011

Cities and towns across the United Kingdom appear as white circles and dots throughout this wide-swath ASAR. The largest visible city is London, situated on the banks of the River Thames, just below the center of the image. It is the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures.

Visible to the northwest of London is the city of Birmingham. It is the most populous British city outside the capital London, with a population of 1,036,900 (2010 estimate), and lies at the heart of the West Midlands conurbation, the second most populous urban area in the United Kingdom with a population of 2,284,093 (2001 census). Birmingham’s metropolitan area, which includes surrounding towns to which it is closely tied through commuting, is also the United Kingdom’s second most populous with a population of 3,683,000.

Sediments from Mississippi Delta to Florida Peninsula, USA

33.5N 86.8W

December 27th, 2010 Category: Sediments

USA - December 23rd, 2010

This image focuses on the southern United States of America, from theĀ Mississippi River and Delta (lower left) to the Florida Peninsula (lower right).

Sediments flank the coastline by the delta and the west coast of the peninsula, as well as in and around Apalachicola Bay, an estuary and lagoon located on Florida’s northwest coast. The Apalachicola Bay system also includes St. Georges Sound, St. Vincent Sound and East Bay, covering an area of about 208 sqmi.

Inland, areas used mostly for agriculture appear mottled tan in color, while mountain ridges and hills appear darker brown. Cities such as Birmingham, Alabama (full image, just northeast of center) appear as grey areas.