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Dasht-e Lut, Iran

Traveling by para-glider, photographer George Steinmetz captures stunning aerial views of the world's deserts, naturally sculpted into beautiful patterns by wind. Some of the patterns, like the Star Dune of Saudi Arabia, will likely stay in place for decades.

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Rub al Khali, Saudi Arabia

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Pacific Coast, Peru

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Badain Jaran, China

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Barchan, Pacific Coast, Peru

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Sahara, Chad

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Star Dune, Rub Al Khali, Saudi Arabia

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Wadi Hazar, Yemen

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Sahara, Algeria

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Sahara, Mauritania

George Steinmetz via National Geographic


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