SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Blue Blob, San Juan Fire, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Blue Blob, San Juan Fire, More
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October 23, 2009--White salt flats seem to melt over dark sandstone hills in the Tanezrouft Basin, as seen in a recently released picture from Japan's Advanced Land Observing Satellite. The basin, in south-central Algeria, is one of the most desolate parts of the Sahara.

The bouquet of yellow seen in the upper right is Erg Mehedjibat, a small cluster of sand dunes that grow upward rather than side to side.
—Photograph courtesy ESA
 
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