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The interlace of dunes and water provides a striking colour palette in this Proba-V 100 m image acquired in March 2015, showing the Simpson Desert in Australia.

Deserts are commonly monitored for a variety of applications on drought and surface energy. An example is the large erg of the Simpson Desert in Australia, a popular landmark in Winter thanks to numerous water springs, while close-off in Summer due to high temperatures and sand storms.

The desert is filled with a pattern of north-south oriented sand dunes, up to 200 km long and 40 m high and displaying a wide range of colours, from brilliant white to dark red, including pinks and oranges.

Simpson Desert

© ESA-BELSPO 2016, produced by VITO
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