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Image Caption: This east-looking view shows most of the east-west extent of the country of Sudan. The foreground shows a vegetationless and almost uninhabited region of northwest Sudan. The rich earth colors are ancient soils (browner and redder tones), a concentrated mass of what may be volcanic cinder cones (dark brown dots - center) and dune and younger river sediments (yellows). The photo would have been difficult to locate had it not been for two recognizable features in the background: a visually well-know inselberg ("island mountain" - top center) on the large west-bank tributary of the White Nile; and the confluence of the Blue and White Nile Rivers, with the great cotton developments of the Gezira Scheme between them (top left). The Red Sea coast is almost obscured by a dust cloud but can be discerned running across the top of the picture. The clouds at top may be developing over the coastal ranges of Saudi Arabia beyond the Red Sea.