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    Default Post Satellite photos of regions and continents

    Thread for posting satellite photos of regions and continents, and countries too if you want,

    I'll start with a very large photo of North America (excluding most of Mexico)

    http://www.primap.com/MapCollection/...04000x3722.PNG

    Does anyone know what the pink area southeast of Salt Lake City are? Is it a desert? It seems to be cracks there also. What is the name of it?
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    It's the Bonneville Salt Flats:



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    Sorry, I thought you said southwest. It's the Colorado Plateau.

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    wow, yeah those red stones and peculiar cliffs and rocks are familiar. I suspected it would be those. Is it also red sand there?

    When we were in California we flew over the whole United States and it was a clear day. After we had changed flight in Chicago, we saw the plateaus and deserts.

    The Nevada plateau is shaped like crodocile skin, rough and bumpy. The hills looks almost like veins from above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janos View Post
    wow, yeah those red stones and peculiar cliffs and rocks are familiar. I suspected it would be those. Is it also red sand there?
    Yeah, the sand is like a rust color. I actually have a rock from one of the cities that lies within the Plateau.

    When we were in California we flew over the whole United States and it was a clear day. After we had changed flight in Chicago, we saw the plateaus and deserts.
    They are really beautiful. You should have visited the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest.

    Where in California did you visit?
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    We was in San Fransisco and the coast south of that.

    I wrote a thread about it when we came home
    http://www.forumbiodiversity.com/sho...=san+fransisco

    I have been in USA another time before that, but that was in the Washington-Baltimore area/Virginia

    The Nevada plateau is called "Great Nevada Basin" or something like that. It's on high elevation. What is a basin? It sounds like swedish bassäng but that means a hole, like simbassäng (swimmingpool). Not elevated ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janos View Post
    We was in San Fransisco and the coast south of that.

    I wrote a thread about it when we came home
    http://www.forumbiodiversity.com/sho...=san+fransisco

    I have been in USA another time before that, but that was in the Washington-Baltimore area/Virginia

    The Nevada plateau is called "Great Nevada Basin" or something like that. It's on high elevation. What is a basin? It sounds like swedish bassäng but that means a hole, like simbassäng (swimmingpool). Not elevated ground.
    That's cool. A basin is a large bowl-shaped depression in the earth. A lot of the times, it has water in it as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Apple View Post
    That's cool. A basin is a large bowl-shaped depression in the earth. A lot of the times, it has water in it as well.
    yeah depression, I thought so. However the Great Nevada Basin is way above sea-level.

    Death Valley is a real depression.
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    Scores of forest fires were burning in northern Algeria in late August 2007. Although much of the country is occupied by the Sahara Desert, Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and chaparral occur on the Atlas Mountains that line the coast. On August 29, 2007, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of the fires billowing thick clouds of brownish-gray smoke over the Mediterranean Sea. The smoke was so thick that the capital, Algiers, is not visible beneath it.
    According to news reports, several people died, dozens of families had to evacuate their homes, and the number of people seeking medical attention for respiratory and allergy problems dramatically increased as a result of the fires. Thousands of soldiers were deployed to help battle the fires. Cooler weather and firefighting efforts brought many fires under control by August 31.

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    Default World's longest barchan dune field

    Somewhat random: The longest Barchan (fast moving sickle shaped dunes) dune field in the world, from the town Tarfaya in Morocco and down through part of Western Sahara. Nearly 300 km long, but quite narrow (average 8 km wide)

    It can be seen as a narrow dark band next to the coast. This is an undeveloped region and few people go here, so the unique desert there is relatively unknown to most people.
    Here's is a high resolution pic of the dunes, taken from an aircraft where the dune field is widest (I think around 12 km or something) The dunes are typically around 100 m wide. Direct link http://joanneleedom-ackerman.com/wp-...0/IMG_2207.jpg
    It's on this page: https://joanneleedom-ackerman.com/2013/10/
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    Zoomed satellite photo of the dunes I posted above; this is in the same general area where the aerial photo was taken.


    Although the dunes all have the same orientation, I wouldn't want to end up in the middle of them on foot:

    The video is nothing but driving through the dunes, it's some race.
    Short clip from same race, someone nearly falls off the bike on one of the bigger dunes:
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