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Tremendous forces come into play when two large tectonic plates collide. This image of the Anti-Atlas mountains of Morocco shows some of the results of the collision between the Africa and Eurasia plates that began about 80 million years ago. This image overlaps with AntiAtlas1. The numerous folded belts of sedimentary rocks attest to the strength of this collision. The differing degrees of erosion of these rocks are due to differences in hardness of the rocks. Compare this view with a photograph taken by astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle.

The area covered by this image is approximately 106x90 miles. A full-resolution crop of the image file is available here that shows the detail present in the full image print.


Copyright 2011 - Remote Sensing Art and Photographs by Larry P. Ammann, Digital Artist and Photographer. All Rights Reserved. No image or photograph may be reproduced without the artist's express written permission.