This landscape of dramatic contrast notably features linear, star and dome dunes as well as several arid granite massifs, some as high as 650 metres. The dunes emerge like islands from the sea of sand and harbour distinct and highly diverse plant and wildlife communities, including endemic freshwater fish species and the endemic Sonoran Pronghorn, which is only to be found in northwestern Sonora and in southwestern Arizona (USA).
The Salton Sea is the largest lake in California. It was created as an accident in the early 1900s as engineers were diverting water from the Colorado River. At the lake's deepest point it is 5 feet higher in elevation than Death Valley (230' below sea level).
The Colorado River Delta terminates into the Sea of Cortez in this false color infrared image. Since water diverssions began on the Colorado to support irrigation, much of the wetlands this region once supported have vanished.
The cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates located on the shore of the Persian Gulf are depicted here in false color infrared. Several recent new "coastal developments" in Dubai can be seen, including the "World Map".
This image captures several natural wonders found in California, including Mono Lake, the White Mountains, Mammoth, Yosemite Valley, and the Long Valley Caldera, a supervolcano which last errupted 760,000 years ago.
Death Valley, located in the Mojave Desert in southeastern California, is the lowest point in North America at 282' below sea level. Furnace Creek is among the hottest places on earth with a record reported high of 134 degrees F in 1913.