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Ascension Island (138,432 bytes) ( 992 x 834 )
Two hundred years ago, Ascension Island was a barren volcanic edifice. Today its peaks are covered by lush tropical cloud forest. The small island is located in the mid-Atlantic, between South America and Africa. Charles Darwin visited the barren island and hatched a plot with Joseph Hooker, botanist and explorer. Beginning in 1850, ships stopping deposited an assortment of plants from botanical gardens in Europe, Argentina, and South Africa. Soon the island was “terra-formed”. The image was acquired March 11, 2010, covers an area of 13 by 15 km, and is located at 8 degrees south, 14.4 degrees west.
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Please give credit for these images to:
NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems,
and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team