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The abstract beauty of dunes seen from space

By Johnny Simon

Powerful imaging satellites and photos from the International Space Station can offer a wide look at the entire planet, but they can also zoom into details of the earth’s surface. Seen from the distance of space, the intricate formations of our planet’s sand dunes actually come into sharper focus.

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The Namib Desert, seen from the International Space Station
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The Grand Erg Oriental dune field in the Sahara Desert seen from the International Space Station
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The Algodones Dunes in California, seen from NASA’s Earth Observing-1 satellite.
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The Great Sand Sea, seen from the International Space Station
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The Fachi-Bilma erg of the Tenéré Desert in Niger, seen from the International State Station
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The Erg Chebbi in Morocco.
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Dunes around the Aorounga crater in Chad.
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The Great Sandy Desert in Australia seen from the International Space Station.
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Lakes and dunes in China’s Badain Jaran Desert.
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The Tifernine Dune Field in Algeria.
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Sand dunes near the north coast of Brazil.