Desert landscape, Mauritania
This RapidEye image, acquired on 12 January 2016, shows rocky cliffs give way to wind-sculpted dunes in the Mauritanian desert.
Mauritania is located in west North Africa, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. 90% of the nation is within the Sahara Desert, and it is estimated that three quarters of the country is desert or semi-desert. This desert has been growing since the 1960s following a prolonged drought in the region.
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Credit: Planet Labs Inc. 2016 - Additional editing and text by the eoPortal team