Ailsa Craig off the coast of Scotland • Earth.com

Last update: October 20th, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Ailsa Craig, a tiny islet located 10 miles off the coast of southwestern Scotland.

Ailsa Craig was initially formed by a now-extinct volcano, and while it does not have electricity or human inhabitants, it does have a rich history. Religious dissenters, pirates, and Scottish soldiers have all used the isle as a base at one point or another, and the rocks from its coast are used in making curling stones for the Winter Olympics.

This image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board the Landsat 8 satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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