Sahara Desert North of Niger River, Mali16.7N 3W
This image of Mali shows the Sahara Desert just north of the Niger River and the Inner Niger Delta (bottom center). The wetlands of the delta do not appear very large or green because the region is still experiencing the dry season.
In the upper left quadrant, an area of red desert can be observed. This is part of the Sahara in Tombouctou, the largest and northern-most region of Mali, famous for its capital, the ancient city Timbuktu. The city itself is located at the southern edge of the Sahara, near the Niger River.