NASA released on its recent Instagram post a breath taking picture of the “gorgeous” Anti-Atlas Mountains that were “formed as a result of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates colliding about 80 million years ago.” https://www.instagram.com/p/CK41tmQB84N/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
In order to highlight the various layers of rock and sediment and present a tie-dye appearance, the image was taken in infrared light. The layers are composed of granite, sandstone, clay stone and gypsum.
“Let’s take a colourful journey about 440 miles (708 km) above Earth’s surface by an orbiting satellite, shall we? In this breathtaking picture of southwest Morocco, we can see the majestic Anti-Atlas Mountains that were formed as a result of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates colliding around 80 million years ago. It was a major crash that ended up killing the Tethys Ocean entirely.”, said NASA
“The photo was shot in infrared light, opaque to the naked eye, to highlight the various layers of rock and sediment, giving the tie-dye effect. The layers are composed of granite, sandstone, clay stone and gypsum. The picture was acquired on 5 November 2007 by the ASTER instrument on t instrument on the Terra satellite. Terra got its name from the Latin word for ‘Earth’ and was the first satellite to form the Earth Observing System (EOS) when it launched in 1999,” said NASA