At ground level the Sahara desert often seems somewhat monochromatic, but from above that picture changes completely. The Tibesti Miountains, captured above by the European Space Agency’s Envisat, are a mostly inactive volcanic range in the central Sahara, covering some 62,000 square miles of Chad and parts of southern Libya. They’re also really, really pretty when photographed from space.
BigPic: From Above, These Saharan Mountains Look Like Abstract Art
Envisat captures a beautiful palette (and not much else) in North Africa's 'Mountains of Hunger.'