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Shetland Islands
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Shetland Islands

June 7, 2004
Like a many-faceted jewel in an indigo setting, the Shetland Islands lie 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of the Scottish mainland in the North Atlantic Ocean. Despite their 60-degree north latitude, the Shetlands enjoy a relatively temperate climate thanks to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. This image was acquired by Landsat 7's Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor.