Strange Earth Phenomenon: Discover the Richat Structure and Stare Into the Eye of the Sahara

Just over 30 miles in diameter, the Richat Structure is a circular unexplained geological formation located in the midst of the Sahara Desert.

Well stare into the eye of the Sahara!

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At close to 50 kilometers in diameter, the Sahara Desert‘s sprawling Richat Structure is one of the most mysterious geological features on Earth.

mysterious geological formation in Mauritania: the Richat structure

The Richat Structure is situated in Oudane, Mauritania, is a huge circular formation (50 km in diameter – 30 miles), that resembles an eye when looked upon from space. Why the structure is nearly circular, however, remains a mystery.

the eye of the sahara is situated in oudane mauritania

Originally thought to be a crater, this volcanic dome is most likely a product of erosion, an ancient geological artifact in the middle of featureless Maur Adrar desert, in Africa’s Western Sahara.

 topographical 3-D relief image, found on Wikipedia, shows 'Guelb ri Richat'

The earliest space missions used it as a landmark, the adventurous 4×4 enthusiasts consider it to be their playground, and scientists are still debating its origin. For those “Mad Max” kinds of tourists, there is also a hotel smack in the middle of the Richat Structure.

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Via NASA:

aerial photo of richat structure, aerial picture of the eye of the sahara

Once thought to be an impact crater, the Richat Structure‘s flat middle and lack of shock-altered rock indicates otherwise. The possibility that the Richat Structure was formed by a volcanic eruption also seems improbable because of the lack of a dome of igneous or volcanic rock. Rather, the layered sedimentary rock of the Richat structure is now thought by many to have been caused by uplifted rock sculpted by erosion.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I believe an alien spaceship struck an impact so hard to imprint in the ground. Not many place in nature can form a perfect shape like that, has to been some kind of compression rings of some kind.

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