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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 07:53 PM

www.space.com said:

A huge, copper-toned formation in West Africa dominates a mesmerizing photo taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers snapped this hypnotic image of the so-called Richat structure in Mauritania, as the space station flew over the Sahara Desert on the Atlantic Coast of West Africa.Erosion of the various rock layers created the ring-like features that make up the sprawling structure, but the origin of the Richat structure remains somewhat mysterious, geologists have said.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:00 PM

Beautiful! So many amazing sites to see on this blue (and sometimes red) marble of ours.


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Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:02 PM

Looks like part of Unicron from the original Transformers movie.  Beautiful image indeed.


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:44 AM

Well, I guess we'd need a side photo to see if it is actually a tiered mountain structure. 'coz, at the moment, all I can tell from the picture is that it is a very uniform looking crater.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:45 AM

View Postorangepeaceful79, on 29 March 2012 - 08:02 PM, said:

Looks like part of Unicron from the original Transformers movie.  Beautiful image indeed.
Well the recent cartoon reimagine Unicron into being the Earth ;)

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:52 AM

An amazing pic indeed!The way the photo is taken is nice. :tu:

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:04 PM

View PostSkeptic Chicken, on 04 April 2012 - 02:44 AM, said:

Well, I guess we'd need a side photo to see if it is actually a tiered mountain structure.
Your wish ....
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That's actually a computer generated image, exaggerating the heights somewhat..  From link below.


It's also called the Eye of the Sahara, or 'Richat'.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:32 PM

View PostChrlzs, on 04 April 2012 - 12:04 PM, said:

Your wish ....
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That's actually a computer generated image, exaggerating the heights somewhat..  From link below.


It's also called the Eye of the Sahara, or 'Richat'.

And as many will know, one of the zillion sites "Atlantis City" is supposed to be located.... http://www.unexplain...howtopic=124435

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:21 PM

View PostWearer of Hats, on 04 April 2012 - 09:45 AM, said:

Well the recent cartoon reimagine Unicron into being the Earth ;)
I've not seen that.  Sounds interesting.


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:46 PM

Fantastic image, thank you SW.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:47 AM

Awesome find! I never grow tired of images such as these! Beautiful!


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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:09 PM

View PostSkeptic Chicken, on 04 April 2012 - 02:44 AM, said:

Well, I guess we'd need a side photo to see if it is actually a tiered mountain structure. 'coz, at the moment, all I can tell from the picture is that it is a very uniform looking crater.
I haven't seen anything calling it a mountain, it's a depression, an inverted dome type structure, naturally formed  ;)

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:32 PM

Interesting article and Google Map link

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:13 PM

Pretty clearly a dome. Awesomely defined look though, like an idealized textbook illustration.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:09 AM

What a beautiful pic.





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