Landsat 8 Collection 2 image of the Richat Structure

Landsat 8 Collection 2 image of the Richat Structure

Detailed Description

This Landsat 8 Collection 2 image was acquired over the Richat Structure near the western edge of the Sahara Desert on April 25, 2020 and is shown as a natural color composite using the red, green, and blue bands (Bands 4,3,2).

Also known as the Eye of the Sahara or Guelb er Richat, the Eye is a symmetrical dome of eroded sedimentary and volcanic rock. The outermost rings measure approximately 40 km (25 miles) across. Persistent northeasterly winds keep much of the dome free from sand, exposing the various layers of rock. The circular feature was initially interpreted to be an asteroid impact structure, but most scientists have now concluded that it was caused by geologic uplift.


Image Dimensions: 1620 x 1620

Date Taken:

Location Taken: US


Michelle A. Bouchard, based on Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey