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France Country Mosaic
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France Country Mosaic

January 19, 2006
This MERIS (MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer) image centers over France. The country counts about 60 million people, of which more than 10 million live in the area of Paris, its capital. The area of Paris can be seen as a grey splash on the image, towards the center-north of the country, on the Seine's riverbanks. The landscapes are vary between lowlands, hills and mountain chains. The Mont Blanc with the highest peak at 4800 m, near the Italian border is one of the highest points in Europe. France has Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Andorra as neighbors (from north to south clockwise), and it is only separated from the UK by 34km by the English Channel.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: MERIS
  • Center coordinates: lat. 47.00, lon. 2.50