Timbuktu in the Sahara Desert • Earth.com

Last update: December 7th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the city of Timbuktu in the middle of the Sahara Desert.

Timbuktu is so remote that those two long red roads are the only reliable ways to get to the city. Long ago, however, it served as an important hub along gold, salt, and ivory trade routes.

This image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board the Landsat 8 satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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