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The European Space Agency updates its photo archive every week with photographs of the Earth taken by satellites.

The archive consists of thousands of images, dated back to 2005. The images capture wide-angle snapshots of various landscapes 

The satellites images can capture environmental changes to the Earth’s landscape in real-time, from a creeping blanket of air pollution to damage done by an earthquake. 

This long-term monitoring provide provides an assessment of our global impact and effect on the Earth in lots of different ways.

Visit the archive at http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Image_archive

Here are some of Cool Australia’s favourites:

Swirling Clouds in the Atlantic Ocean, June 2010

 

Namib Desert, October 2013

 

Mississippi River, May 2012

 

Landscape in Peru, July 2013

 

Ganges River, July 2009

 

Crops in Aragon and Catalonia, November 2010