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Re: Cloud covered Butuan City Philippines (8 degrees 56' 52" N. 125 degrees 31' 41" E.) and image is 7 years old.
Apr 1, 2012 1:40 AM
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Imagery / Data / Layers
date is in the lower left hand corner.
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they are 3 years old. Please see this for additional information
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