The Air Mountains in the Saharan Desert • Earth.com

Last update: November 16th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Sahara Desert in northern Niger, where the Aïr Mountains rise sharply across the sand.

The mountain range has volcanic peaks and deep valleys, and the region supports a variety of wildlife and fauna that have not survived in other parts of the Sahara.

The formation of the Air Mountains dates back to the earliest of Earth’s eons – Precambrian times.

This image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite on October 31, 2018.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

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