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Phosphate deposits are one of Western Sahara’s few natural resources. At the Bou Craa phosphate mine, 100 kilometers (about 60 miles) from the coastal city of El Aaiún, abundant, pure phosphate deposits lie near the surface.


NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data provided by the United States Geological Survey. Caption by Michon Scott.

Published October 5, 2008
Data acquired January 20, 1987 - January 16, 2000

Sources:
Landsat 5 > TM
Landsat 7 > ETM+