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Pictures of the Virgin Islands from space

By: Steve Smith  | 
Destruction of the Virgin Islands seen from space after Hurricane Irma

NASA’s Operational Land Imager captured photos from space of some of the hardest-hit Caribbean islands. This is an image of the Virgin Islands before and after Irma passed over them.

NASA revealed that “lush green tropical vegetation can be ripped away by a storm's strong winds, leaving the satellite with a view of more bare ground.” It also noted that the salt spray whipped up by Irma can coat and cause decaying of the leaves while they are on the trees.

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