Podcast Episode 85 l The Eye of the Sahara

Richat Structure: A topographic reconstruction scaled 6 to1 on the vertical axis from satellite photos. False colouring as follows: Brown bedrock, Yellow or white sand, Green vegetation, Blue salty sediments
Richat Structure: A topographic reconstruction scaled 6 to1 on the vertical axis from satellite photos. False colouring as follows: Brown bedrock, Yellow or white sand, Green vegetation, Blue salty sediments. Image: NASA
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A structure known as the Eye of the Sahara is an ancient circular geological formation in the Sahara Desert. This intriguing phenomenon is known as the Richat Structure or Guel er Richat in Arabic and its home is the Adrar Plateau in the Sahara. The Eye is located near Ouadane in the Adrar Region of Mauritania. In the local dialect, rīšāt means feathers and the structure is also known locally in Arabic as tagense, referring to the circular opening of the leather pouch that is used to draw water from wells, that it seems to resemble.

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