Image 1 of 21: In a remote part of the Western Desert in central Egypt, highly eroded plateaus rise from the desert floor. The bright speckles are ancient dry lakes, the salt deposits reflecting brightly. Image 2 of 21: Snow covers the landscape in southwestern Minnesota just a day before the winter solstice. It may look like a stark black and white image, but it is really a natural color image. Image 3 of 21: A feathery, blood red streak cuts across the heart of this image. The translucent red paint stroke is not actually a feature of the land. Image 4 of 21: In shallow waters surrounding the Tyuleniy Archipelago in the Caspian Sea, chunks of ice were the artists. Image 5 of 21: Appearing as if an artist imitating Jackson Pollock had randomly spurted ink onto the canvas, this image shows swirling ice in the Foxe Basin of northern Canada. Image 6 of 21: This Landsat image looks like a bold watercolor. Yellow dances across the darkness with muted violet underneath. Image 7 of 21: In far northern Canada, pulses of freshwater flow down rivers after inland ice and snow melts. These pulses, known as a freshet, carry huge amounts of sediment. Image 8 of 21: These orange shades and ragged shapes give an impression of moodiness. The jagged scars are extensive valleys carved by water flowing from the Andes Mountains in northern Chile. Image 9 of 21: The northern end of Isla Isabela in the Galapagos looks like a seahorse. The island was formed by the merger of six volcanoes. Past volcanic flows radiate from the large craters. Image 10 of 21: Most of this image is in the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve of South Australia. The shallow lakes, appearing in colors ranging from nearly black to aqua blue, are dry most of the time. Image 11 of 21: Tranquil colors and patterns intermingle near Argentina's Colorado River, which runs across the upper one-third of the image. Image 12 of 21: A serene gradient from red to smoky blue-gray seems to mask a chaotic scene underneath, expressing a wide range of emotion. Image 13 of 21: The main feature here, near Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas, is the Schooner Cays shoal complex. The tidal sand ridges, parabolic bars, and intervening channels explode in a blue rhythm. Image 14 of 21: Abstract figures seem to appear on these South American plateaus. It is reminiscent of Southwestern artistic style with a modernist abstract twist. Image 15 of 21: Even with the calming blue tones, there is an unsettling feeling in the jagged marks that lead to a circular feature. This feature is Gweni-Fada Crater. Image 16 of 21: In this region, called the Valley of the Moon in Jordan, steep-sided granite mountains alternate with sandy valleys. Image 17 of 21: Green shades seem to be bubbling up like a lava lamp on the left side of this image from northeastern Kenya. The right side is like rusted metal. Image 18 of 21: Extensive farmland in northeastern China shows a predictable pattern of vertical shapes. But on closer inspection, the shapes begin to look more random, with variances everywhere. Image 19 of 21: Soft colors contrast with harsh terrain in southwestern Saudi Arabia, near the border with Yemen. Image 20 of 21: Tantibus is Latin for nightmare. This image does appear to be a creepy, foggy, haunted scene. But there is nothing to worry about - it is just science data. Image 21 of 21: A volcanic landscape in the Tibesti Mountains of Chad shows some mysterious shapes. However, science can explain mysteries in satellite images.
Image 1 of 21: In a remote part of the Western Desert in central Egypt, highly eroded plateaus rise from the desert floor. The bright speckles are ancient dry lakes, the salt deposits reflecting brightly.
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