A false-colour image of the Gibson Desert in Western Australia
captured by the ESA's Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite on Christmas Day in 2015. The desert covers an area of over 150,000 sq km, and includes gravel terrains covered by deserts grass, also red sandy plains and dunefields.
On the left side of this false-colour image we see many strange shapes in varying shades of blue. These are the remnants of areas purposefully burned by the Pintupi people to encourage plant growth or drive game animals into the open.
Many of the Pintupi people moved to settlements when the British military began testing missile in the region in the 1950s. The areas that they had burned became overgrown, becoming even more susceptible to manmade or lightning-caused fires, which then burn out of control, leaving behind large burn scars.
In the lower-right corner of the image we can make out a circular structure. This is the Connolly Basin impact crater, believed to have been formed around 60 million years ago. Some 9 km across, the rim rises 25-30 m above the crater's basin.