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Layers of Iranian Desert Peeled Back From Space

The patterns of Kavir desert in Iran result from the gentle folding of numerous, thin layers of rock, as seen from space.
Image: Pattern of parallel lines and sweeping curves formed over the desert of central Iran
This NASA Earth Observatory image obtained on Monday shows about 105 miles of parallel line patterns and sweeping curves among the Kavir desert (Dasht-e Kavir) in Iran on Feb. 14.NASA/ISS via AFP - Getty Images

This NASA Earth Observatory image obtained on Monday shows about 105 miles of parallel line patterns and sweeping curves among the Kavir desert (Dasht-e Kavir) in Iran on Feb. 14. The lack of soil and vegetation allows the geological structure of the desert to appear clearly from space, where patterns result from the gentle folding of numerous, thin layers of rock.