NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite captured Somme River, France.

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While the name “Somme” comes from a Celtic word meaning “tranquility,” the area around this river turned out to be the location of one of the bloodiest battles in human history with over 1 million casualties. The Battle of the Somme was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British Empire and French Third Republic against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. The battle was intended to hasten a victory for the Allies and was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

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Reference: Scars of the Somme (NASA Earth Observatory)
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