The Blue Marble has never looked so pretty as it does in these images. Shared on Imgur, the images show relief maps of continents around the world, wonderfully illuminated by pockets of light.

South Africa is pictured too, but a local has concerns about the validity of the image.


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Southern South-America, Chile, and Argentina

Southern South-America, Chile, and Argentina

Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf

Eastern China, Korea, and Japan

Eastern China, Korea, and Japan

Europe

Europe

Southern Africa

Southern Africa

Eastern China

Eastern China

Central America and the Caribbean

Central America and the Caribbean

Western US and Mexico

Western US and Mexico

Northern Europe, British Isles, Iceland, and Scandinavia

Northern Europe, British Isles, Iceland, and Scandinavia

Western Asia and the Caspian Sea.

Western Asia and the Caspian Sea.

See the full album of images on Imgur.

[via Ufunk]