Western Asia, true-colour satellite image. North is at top. The region is dominated by deserts (brown). Bodies of water include the Red Sea (lower left) and Persian Gulf (centre, both inlets of the Indian Ocean), and the Black Sea (upper left). At right of the Black Sea are the Caspian Sea (blue), the Aral Sea (green) and Lake Balkhash (top right, light blue). The cylindrical projection used here introduces distortion into the scale the area at the top of image is about 3100 kilometres across, while the area at the base of the image is about 5500 kilometres across. Image obtained using MODIS sensors on the Terra and Aqua satellites.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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