First high-res map of Africa from space reveals continent in stunning detail

Over the course of a year, ESA collected huge amounts of satellite data to create the first high-res image of the African continent.

From space, Africa appears like a rich tapestry of wildly different environments ranging from the barren dunes of northern Africa, to the dense, green jungles of its heartland.

Now this view can be seen here on Earth thanks to the efforts of the European Space Agency (ESA), which has spent the past year collating satellite data to create the highest resolution image of the continent to date.

Created using data from the Sentinel-2A satellite, the map reveals Africa at a resolution of 20m per pixel and comprises 180,000 images representing 90TB of data.