NASA shares incredible pic of Morocco's Anti-Atlas Mountains in new post

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7th February, 2021 12:50:17 printer

NASA shares incredible pic of Morocco's Anti-Atlas Mountains in new post

In a new post on Instagram, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared a stunning image of the "gorgeous" Anti-Atlas Mountains that were "formed as a result of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates colliding about 80 million years ago."

So as to highlight the different layers of rock and sediment and present a tie-dye appearance, the picture was taken in infrared light. The layers are made up of limestone, sandstone, clay stone, and gypsum.

Speaking of the picture, NASA said, "Let's take a colourful trip about 440miles (708km) above Earth's surface via an orbiting satellite, shall we? In this stunning image of southwest Morocco, we see the gorgeous Anti-Atlas Mountains that were formed as a result of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates colliding about 80 million years ago. It was a massive collision that ended up completely destroying the Tethys Ocean."

"The photo was taken in infrared light - which is invisible to the naked eye - to highlight the different layers of rock and sediment, giving the tie-dye appearance. The layers are made up of limestone, sandstone, clay stone, and gypsum. The image was acquired on November 5, 2007, by the ASTER instrument on the Terra satellite. Terra got its name from the Latin word for 'Earth' and was the first satellite to form the Earth Observing System (EOS) when it launched in 1999," NASA added.

Source: India Today


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