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In Photos: South Korea from Above

South Korea's land reclamation project

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This image reveals, captured by ASTER (a high-resolution imaging instrument) on NASA's Terra satellite, the beginning stages of a land reclamation project on the South Korean coast of the Yellow Sea. A 20-mile-long (33 kilometers) sea wall, completed in April 2006, uncovered submerged tidal flats.

Big City

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The Seoul metropolitan area, about 30 miles south of North Korea and around 200 miles south of China, houses almost 20 million people — almost half the population of South Korea.

Renewable energies

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In May of 2015, solar panels at the Geogeum Solar Park Co. solar plant soak up the sun on Geogeum Island. This image shows a portion of what is expected to exceed global installations of over 60 gigawatts for 2015.

Metro area

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The fifth largest urban area in South Korea, 1.4 million people call Kwangju home. This city is at the base of Mudeungsan mountain with plains to the west.

Busy ports

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At the port of Pyeongtaek, Kia Motors Corp. vehicles await export. The Eukor Car Carriers Inc. roll-on/roll-off vehicles carrier cargo ship is docked, ready for loading.

A port city

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Pohang, a port city on the eastern coastline of South Korea, is divided by the Hyeongsan River with residential and commercial development to the west, depicted by small gray- and white-roofed buildings and a dense road network.

Harvest time

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On Dec. 28, 2015, a barge and ship prepare to harvest oysters off the coast near Tongyeong, South Korea.

Sea fields

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Along the south coast of South Korea, fields of seaweed grow along ropes connected to buoys.

Refugee settlement

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During the 1950-53 Korean War, North Korean refugees created "Abai village," a settlement in the northeast port city of Sokcho. Some North Koreans still live there today.

Obvious importance

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A nighttime view of the Korean Peninsula from the International Space Station reveals economic importance of cities i the country.