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Algerian Dunes Reminiscent of Martian Landscapes

Ouargla, Algeria

Story by UrtheCast Gallery May 26th, 2016

In what could be mistaken for a view of Mars from on high, these images show sand dunes threading across this Saharan landscape near Ouargla, Algeria.

Ouargla sits in the heart of the Algerian Desert, within the Sahara, which is the largest hot desert in the world, covering ~3.5 million square miles (~5.6 million square kilometers). The Algerian Desert inspires much archaeological interest and spans 80% of the country. Because of its historical importance, a section of the desert was placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1982.

Algeria is located in the north of Africa, below the mediterranean sea, and its economy is mainly dependant upon its oil and gas industries, which comprise 35% of the country’s GDP.

For more UrtheCast imagery of the Algerian Desert, click here.

Image captured by Theia, UrtheCast’s 5-meter resolution camera onboard the International Space Station.

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Footnote: by Theras Wood, Manager, Content and Communications
Ouargla, Algeria