Recently in the Deserts Category


While Tropical Storm Bud was lashing parts of western Mexico and causing flooding that extended into the American Southwest, a tropical disturbance was spinning over the Gulf of Mexico and straddling southeastern Texas.

Earth from Space: Thar Desert, India

The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite brings us over northwest India with this false-colour image captured on 4 March 2017.

African Desert Art Seen From Orbit

Thomas Pesquet: More desert art: it looks like somebody's been playing with a paintbrush.

This stunning, false-colour image captured by Sentinel-2A on 15 August features southern Mongolia, bordered by China to the south and Russia to the north.

The Sahara desert's sandy and rocky terrain in central Algeria, captured by the Sentinel-2A satellite in its first-ever scan of Earth on 27 June 2015.

Salar of Atacama As Seen From Orbit

@AstroSamantha: Hallo #Chile! Look at those snow-capped volcano tops "casually dropped" to contour the Salar of Atacama

Oman Seen From Orbit

Image of Oman taken by Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti in 17 February 2015. She asks "What do your eyes see?" Larger image

The Sahara Desert and the Amazon rainforest seem to inhabit separate worlds.

Megadunes and Desert Lakes in China

In China's Badain Jaran Desert, dozens of lakes mingle with the tallest sand dunes in the world.

A new study suggests that Saharan dust played a major role in the formation of the Bahamas islands.

The image was acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite on October 27, 2012.

This false-colour satellite image shows the Kumbunbur Creek in Australia's Northern Territory, about 260 km southwest of the city of Darwin.

This photograph of cloud bands over southern Mauritania was taken from the International Space Station with an oblique angle such that the cloud shadows are a prominent part of the view.

The Dasht-e Lut salt desert in southeast Iran is captured in this Envisat image.

Dust Plumes Off of Namibia

Dust plumes blew off the coast of Namibia in early May 2013. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on May 5, 2013. Parallel plumes blew toward the southwest, many of them coalescing into larger plumes over the Atlantic Ocean.

In northwest Australia, the Great Sandy Desert holds great geological interest as a zone of active sand dune movement. While a variety of dune forms appear across the region, this astronaut photograph features numerous linear dunes (about 25 meters high) separated in a roughly regular fashion (0.5 to 1.5 kilometers apart).