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Thar Desert, India

16 June 2017

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The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite brings us over northwest India with this false-colour image captured on 04 March 2017.

The Indian city of Bikaner is visible in the lower part of the image, surrounded by a varied landscape of agricultural structures and sand dunes.

The city lies in the Thar Desert, an arid region covering about 320,000 sq km in India and Pakistan. Most of the desert is covered by large, shifting sand dunes, some which are visible in the upper part of the image. The high winds also carry dry soils to neighbouring fertile lands, degrading them.

Archaeological evidence suggested that the region was once lush countryside, but the over-exploitation of land and water resources by humans over thousands of years drastically changed the landscape into what we see today.

Thar Desert, India

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