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Azores Archipelago Portugal
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Azores Archipelago, Portugal

January 20, 2006
This Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) displays 4 islands of the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Out of the total 9 islands, the 4 major are, to the west; Faial, south; Pico, east; Sao Jorge and to the north; Graciosa. All 4 of these islands are volcanic, as are all the Azores except one. Periodic eruptions and earthquakes have devastated the islands through history. The highest point on the islands is the volcano of Pico Alto (2,351 m) situated on Pico, and easily visible in the image. The Volcano had its most recent large-scale eruption in 1963.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: ASAR
  • Acquisition: 28-Mar-2004
  • Orbit nr: 10856
  • Center coordinates: lat. 38.55, lon. -28.03