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Sentinel-2A takes us over the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Tanzania, to the Zanzibar Archipelago.
In the image, we see most of the largest island of archipelago, Unguja Island, and the southern tip of the second largest island, Pemba Island, at the top right of the image.
The capital, Zanzibar City, is located in the central-western side of Unguja. Its historic centre, Stone Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Zanzibar is a popular tourist destination and an important producer of spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper. For this reason, the islands of Zanzibar, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, are also known as the ‘Spice Islands’. The light greenish-blue spot at the top right side of Unguja is Mnemba Island and its reefs. Mnemba’s reefs are a marine conservation area, home to a varying array of Indian Ocean wildlife: green turtles, humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins, sea birds and 600 species of coral reef fish.
The name ‘Mnemba’ means ‘octopus head’ in Swahili. Did you know? According to a common African saying, the Swahili language was born in Zanzibar.
This image was captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite on 7 March 2017.
Copyright: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO