Timbuktu • Earth.com timbuktu in the west african nation

This image shows Timbuktu in the West African nation of Mal. Timbuktu lies at the intersection of an east-west and a north-south Trans Saharan trade route across the Sahara. The city-state was an intellectual and spiritual capital in the 15th and 16th centuries. This image was captured by the ASTER image aboard the Terra spacecraft.

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