Amazing photos of countries from space

These satellite images provide the ultimate view of some of the world's most interesting places.

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South Africa South Africa (Photo: NASA / NASA Earth Observatory)

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South Africa

Featuring 1,739 miles of coastline, including the easily-recognizable Cape of Good Hope, South Africa sits on the bottom of its namesake continent. The country has significant mountain ranges and swampy lowlands, but it is dominated by a high plateau, which stretches around its central heartland. 

Every satellite panorama of South Africa has a second country hidden within it. Lesotho, which is completely surrounded by South Africa, sits in the mountains that can be seen in the east-central part of most satellite photos. A third country, Swaziland, can also be seen in the northeast corner, along the border with Mozambique.  

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