The alphabet from space – in pictures

Nasa’s Earth Observatory has tracked down images resembling all 26 letters of the English alphabet using satellite imagery and astronaut photograph.

Utah’s Green river doubling back on itself, a feature known as Bowknot Bend

Letter A: Utah’s Green river doubling back on itself, a feature known as Bowknot Bend

Arkansas river and the Holla Bend Wildlife Refuge

Letter B: Arkansas river and the Holla Bend Wildlife Refuge

Artificial islands at the southern end of Bahrain island

Letter C: artificial islands at the southern end of Bahrain island

Akimiski island in James Bay, Canada

Letter D: Akimiski island in James Bay, Canada

Phytoplankton bloom off the New Zealand coast

Letter E: phytoplankton bloom off the New Zealand coast

Valleys and snow-covered mountain ranges in south-east Tibet

Letter F: valleys and snow-covered mountain ranges in south-east Tibet

This image of Pinaki island, French Polynesia, was captured by astronauts on the International Space Station in April 2001

Letter G: this image of Pinaki island, French Polynesia, was captured by astronauts on the International Space Station in April 2001

Rivers running through colourful ridges in south-west Kyrgyzstan

Letter H: rivers running through colourful ridges in south-west Kyrgyzstan

Andaman islands. The thin, bright rings surrounding several of the islands are coral reefs that were lifted by an earthquake near Sumatra in 2004

Letter I: Andaman islands. The thin, bright rings surrounding several of the islands are coral reefs that were lifted by an earthquake near Sumatra in 2004

Trunk Reef near Townsville, Australia

Letter J: Trunk Reef near Townsville, Australia

Glaciers at the Sirmilik national park in Mittimatalik, Canada

Letter K: glaciers at the Sirmilik national park in Mittimatalik, Canada

Snow across the north-east US

Letter L: snow across the north-east US

Glaciers in the Tian Shan mountains, north-east Kyrgyzstan

Letter M: glaciers in the Tian Shan mountains, north-east Kyrgyzstan

Ship tracks over the Pacific. Ship emissions contain small particles that cause the clouds to form

Letter N: ship tracks over the Pacific. Ship emissions contain small particles that cause the clouds to form

Tenoumer meteorite crater in Mauritania. The meteorite struck Earth between 10,000 and 30,000 years ago

Letter O: Tenoumer meteorite crater in Mauritania. The meteorite struck Earth between 10,000 and 30,000 years ago

Mackenzie river delta, Canada

Letter P: Mackenzie river delta, Canada

Lonar crater, India

Letter Q: Lonar crater, India

Lago Menéndez, Argentina

Letter R: Lago Menéndez, Argentina

Clouds swirling over the Atlantic

Letter S: clouds swirling over the Atlantic

Adevelopment along two roads, United Arab Emirates

Letter T: a development along two roads, United Arab Emirates

Gooseneck state park, Utah

Letter U: Gooseneck state park, Utah

Letter V: ash on the snow around Shiveluch volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula

Letter V: ash on the snow around Shiveluch volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula

Letter W: dust blowing over the Red Sea

Letter W: dust blowing over the Red Sea

Letter X: north-west corner of Leidy glacier, Greenland

Letter X: north-west corner of Leidy glacier, Greenland

Letter Y: Ugab river, Namibia

Letter Y: Ugab river, Namibia

Letter Z: wildfire smoke over Canada

Letter Z: wildfire smoke over Canada

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