London UK
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London, UK

January 18, 2006
This Landsat Thematic Mapper image shows London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, as it was in 1985.

The characteristic winding path of the River Thames is clearly visible at the center of the image. The River Thames is easily navigable and flows through London on its way to the North Sea. London also has several smaller rivers which feed into the Thames. However, many of these rivers have been built over, and so now only exist in underground pipes. London also has an extensive canal network, the most important being the Regent's Canal, which links the Thames with other major rivers.

London City Airport, Heathrow, Biggin Hill, and Northolt lie within the boundary of London. Heathrow is the city's principal airport and is also a major international hub. It is visible as the bright area on the left side of the image, right at the edge of the London west boundary. Heathrow is currently the busiest international terminal in the world.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Landsat
  • Instrument: Thematic Mapper
  • Acquisition: 06-Feb-1985
  • Center coordinates: lat. 51.50, lon. -0.07

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