<p>The U.K.-administered <a id="k2qm" title="Turks and Caicos Islands in the northern Caribbean (map)" href="http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/map-machine#s=r&amp;c=20.756113874762068, -71.4385986328125&amp;z=7">Turks and Caicos Islands in the northern Caribbean (map)</a> create a scene of abstract beauty in a false-color satellite picture taken by the NASA/USGS Landsat 7 orbiter. The shot is part of a set of Landsat 7 images released Tuesday called the Earth as Art 3 collection. (See <a id="kd1o" title="more Earth as Art 3 pictures" href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/11/photogalleries/101119-satellite-pictures-earth-as-art-australia-glaciers-mountains-clouds/">more Earth as Art 3 pictures</a>.)</p><p>As seen in the picture, the islands (red) lie primarily along the northern edge of the submerged Caicos Bank (turquoise). The bank is a shallow platform made of limestone, sand, algae, and coral reefs that covers 2,370 square miles (6,140 square kilometers).</p>

Caribbean Colors

The U.K.-administered Turks and Caicos Islands in the northern Caribbean (map) create a scene of abstract beauty in a false-color satellite picture taken by the NASA/USGS Landsat 7 orbiter. The shot is part of a set of Landsat 7 images released Tuesday called the Earth as Art 3 collection. (See more Earth as Art 3 pictures.)

As seen in the picture, the islands (red) lie primarily along the northern edge of the submerged Caicos Bank (turquoise). The bank is a shallow platform made of limestone, sand, algae, and coral reefs that covers 2,370 square miles (6,140 square kilometers).

Image courtesy EROS/USGS/NASA

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