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Living on an Extinct Volcano Looks Amazing From Space

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This image was taken from high above the Azores island of São Miguel. Look closer, and you can see the 5 km wide volcanic complex called the Sete Cidades Massif within it.

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The interior is home to two large lakes, and several volcanic cones, lava domes and maars – or shallow, flooded craters. ESA explains what other terrain features can be observed:

In the surrounding area we can see the distinct lines where vegetation grows along waterways radiating from the circular massif. Between these lines are agricultural plots.

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This image was acquired by the Spanish Deimos-2 satellite on December 6th 2014. Here is the large, uncropped version of it, in all its glory. [DEIMOS Imaging/ESA]

Illustration for article titled Living on an Extinct Volcano Looks Amazing From Space

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The Azores are a great place to visit, btw. Friendly people, good food, not much in the way of crowds.