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Morocco’s Anti-Atlas Mountains, which can be seen in the colorful new NASA image

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NASA released a stunning image of the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco, which is on a Thursday, which makes use of infrared bands to represent the different rocks show complex folding.

The mountain was formed as a result of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collide, about 80 million years ago, according to NASA.

“The calcareous sand-stone, claystone, and gypsum layers that formed on the sea bed were folded and crumpled to create the Anti-Atlas Mountains,” the space agency said in a statement that accompanied the image.

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The Anti-Atlas Mountain range can be seen above. (NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems and U.s./Japan ASTER of Science of Team)
(NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems and U.s./Japan ASTER of Science of Team)

In this view of the south-west of Morocco, of the visible and near-infrared, and short wavelength infrared bands are combined to dramatically highlight the different rock types and illustrates the complex folding,” NASA said.

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Terra was launched over 20 years ago, in December of 1999, and is the flagship of the agency’s Earth Observing System, is providing scientists with data consistent across the globe.

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