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Mysterious Geological Structure Photographed From The ISS

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There’s something strange lurking in the depths of the Sahara desert. Dubbed the Richat structure (or the far-cooler nickname, “The Eye of the Sahara”), the circular structure is massive, with a diameter of 40 km. Since most of us will never get the chance to fly over the top of the sucker, check out this gorgeous shot of the Richat structure, photographed by Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers from the ISS this past March.

Space.com explains that the Richat is located in the West African country of Mauritania, and geologists are still debating about the specifics of how the enormous, striated structure was formed. They have, however, ruled out the explanation that might occur to a layman: an impact crater. That was the initial assumption when the structure was first discovered, but tests at the site have ruled that possibility out. Instead it is believed to be “a highly symmetrical and deeply eroded geologic dome.” (via Wikipedia)

Now, I may not be a geologist, but I think I can definitively state that the Richat structure is totally concealing an ancient alien mothership, just waiting to be powered up. Watch the skies, people! Also, I will be selling tinfoil hats for very reasonable prices.

Here’s another look at the Eye of the Sahara, via Google Earth.

Comments

  1. Pup McKeenan says:

    It’s the worlds biggest Geode, now mostly eroded away.

  2. It’s the remains of Iram of the Pillars – Damn you Nathan Drake!

  3. Leo Powers says:

    How did it get into perfect spiral shape

  4. Ya ya, it’s all lolz until the day one does land on the white house lawn… just saying. Then Reynolds becomes a hat company.

  5. jimmy99 says:

    Massive underground explosion?

  6. It’s the cap of Dante’s Inferno.

  7. Lone Wolf says:

    You’re all wrong… It obviously holds the portal to The Ark. Master Chief will be showing up any day now…