Great Salt Desert, Iran

Great Salt Desert, Iran
July 1, 2014
CreditImage provided by the U.S. Geological Survey EROS Data Center Satellite Systems Branch. Caption adapted from text originally provided by NASA’s Earth Observatory. Source: NASA/USGS Landsat 7; NASA Earth Observatory.
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The Dasht-e Kevir, or Great Salt Desert, is the largest desert in Iran. It is primarily uninhabited wasteland, composed of mud and salt marshes covered with crusts of salt that protect the meager moisture from completely evaporating.

This image was taken by the Landsat 7 satellite on October 24, 2000. It is a false-color composite image made using infrared, green and red wavelengths. The image has also been sharpened using the sensor’s panchromatic band.