Aïr Mountains Rising Above Sahara Desert in Niger18.2N 7.9E
This orthorectified image shows the Aïr Mountains, a triangular massif located in northern Niger, within the Sahara desert. Here, the desert appears dark grey, while the moutains rising above it appear much lighter.
Part of the West Saharan montane xeric woodlands ecoregion, the mountains rise to more than 6,000 ft (1 830 m) and extend over 84 000 km². Lying in the midst of desert north of the 17th parallel, the Aïr plateau, with an average altitude between 500 and 900 m, forms an island of Sahel climate which supports a wide variety of life.