The sun-parched Tanezrouft Basin in Algeria is known as the "Land of Terror." This photo shows some 1,500 square miles of the area.
Photograph Courtesy ESA
In the Tanezrouft Basin of south-central Algeria, vegetation is sparse and sand is plentiful. Images like this one, taken by Japan's Advanced Land Observing Satellite, provide researchers with an easy look at hard-to-reach areas to survey natural resources, monitor disasters, and track vegetation coverage.