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January 20, 2006
This Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) shows the English city of Birmingham and surrounding area. The city occupies the large brighter area to the south of the image, which also encompasses the city of Wolverhampton and the town of Walsall. The Birmingham conurbation in the West Midlands has been the center of a large industrial area since the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. The area served as a center for metal goods and was well served by numerous canals, many of which can be seen if we zoom into the image. These canals helped to transport coal into the city from the coalfields of South Staffordshire just north of Birmingham, and then goods out of the city. The surrounding brighter areas are further towns and cities in the Midlands region. They include to the east Coventry, to the northeast Derby and Nottingham and to the north Stoke.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: ASAR
  • Acquisition: 19-Jun-2003
  • Orbit nr: 06811
  • Center coordinates: lat. 52.82, lon. -2.06

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