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.'

The Tibesti Mountains, Chad

ESA

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.