Last update: July 7th, 2020 at 8:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the desert landscape of southwestern Tunisia.
The sandy terrain contrasts with the darker features of the large endorheic salt lake Chott el Djerid.
According to NASA, the crust of dried sediment, salt, and other evaporite minerals that make up the lakebed are part of what gives the opening desert scenes of the 1977 Star Wars movie, Episode IV: A New Hope, such an otherworldly feeling.
Image Credit: NASA