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Clouds by Bay of Arguin, Mauritania

20.1N 16.5W

June 29th, 2011 Category: Deserts

Mauritania - June 21st, 2011

Clouds hug the coast of Mauritania near the Bay of Arguin. Green algae can be observed in the northern part of the bay that is not cloud-covered.

Upon opening the full image, the Richat Structure can be observed in the Sahara Desert to the east of the bay. It has a bullseye-like appearance. Although it looks similar to a crater from a meteorite impact, it is actually thought to be a  symmetrical uplift (circular anticline or dome) that has been laid bare by erosion.

 

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