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What is the Eye of the Sahara?

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Also known as the Richat Structure, the Eye of the Sahara is a natural landform that forms a circular shape that looks like a crude drawing of a human eye. The main form of the structure is a dome that is about 40 kilometers (1094 yards) in diameter.

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What is the Eye of the Sahara?
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This "eye" is an ancient natural landform that may be approximately 100 million years old. According to NASA, the Eye of the Sahara was originally thought to be a "meteorite impact structure,' though scientists now believe the structure's appearance is largely due to a type of erosion.

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