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Richards Island, Canada

04 September 2012

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This PROBA-1 image, acquired by the CHRIS instrument on 30 August 2012, shows Richards Island, in Canada.

Richards Island is one of the Canadian Arctic islands, a widespread group of 36,563 islands north of the Canadian mainland.

It was named in 1826 after John Baker Richards, the Governor of the Bank of England at the time.

The island's distinctive appearance is due to the hundreds of small lakes on the island which are a result of partial melting of the permafrost, leading to water depressions. A quarter of the island's interior, therefore, is water.

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