Alien-Looking Desert Landscapes As Seen From Above



Image: Olivier Staub

Exploring large tracts of these desert wastelands on foot must make them seem boundless, with often little but rolling dunes, flat sandy plains or craggy rocks for miles in every direction. It’s no wonder that many people lose their lives attempting to cross such expanses each year. But deserts, which cover one fifth of the planet’s land surface, are also places of great beauty and almost otherworldly wonder – especially when viewed from above, as these stunning aerial photographs clearly show.


Image: Chris Round

In this photograph, water can be seen crisscrossing a section of the Simpson Desert in Central Australia like veins. Although a lack of water defines desert regions, some, like the Simpson Desert, also receive periodic downpours, which flood the dusty plains and carve these sinuous channels. Surprisingly, due to being caught in unexpected floods, more people drown in deserts than die of thirst.

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