The National Centre for Earth Observation is at the University of Leicester.The region is home to large quantities of limestone, and the East Midlands Oil Province.

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The East Midlands' largest settlements are Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Northampton, Chesterfield, Lincoln, Mansfield, Loughborough and Kettering.

Leicester is the largest city in the region, whilst the Nottingham Urban Area is its largest urban conurbation. Traffic in the region is growing at 2% per year – the highest growth rate of all regions in the United Kingdom.

The region's relative proximity to London and its connectivity on the national motorway and trunk road networks help the East Midlands thrive as an economic hub.

The region's principal airport is East Midlands Airport located ≤20km (≤12.5 miles) from Ashby, Derby, Ilkeston, Loughborough and Nottingham.

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire each produce around 30% of the region's sand and gravel output.

Barwell in Leicestershire had Britain's largest meteorite (7 kg, 15 lb) on 24 December 1965.The region has an area of 15,627 km (6,034 sq mi), and was home to over 4.5 million people in 2011.There are five principal urban centres, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Northampton and Nottingham; and a number of next tier centres including Boston, Chesterfield, Corby, Grantham, Hinckley, Kettering, Loughborough, Mansfield, Newark and Wellingborough.The high point at 636 m (2,087 ft) is Kinder Scout, in the Peak District of the southern Pennines in northwest Derbyshire near Glossop.Other upland, hilly areas of 95 to 280 m (312 to 919 ft) in altitude, together with lakes and reservoirs, rise in and around the Charnwood Forest north of Leicester, and in the Lincolnshire Wolds.The current Sheriff of Nottingham is Glyn Jenkins Several towns in the southern part of the region, including Market Harborough, Desborough, Rothwell, Corby, Kettering, Thrapston, Oundle and Stamford, lie within the boundaries of what was once Rockingham Forest – a designated royal forest.