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April 29, 2016
Libya's Haruj volcanic field spotted from space
Greenbelt, Md. (UPI) Apr 27, 2016
Next time you're passing above North Africa at an altitude of 440 miles, check out the Haruj volcanic field in central Libya. From space, the volcanic plateau looks like a giant oil spill. This week, NASA released a stunning image of the expansive Haruj. The image is the amalgamation of hundreds of photographs collected by NASA's Landsat 8 satellite and its Operational Land Imager between July 24, 2013 and April 13, 2016. Scientists used an algorithm to scan the images for the best and c ... read more

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