Oasis of Mosquitoes: Big Pic

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ESA/NASA.

June 5, 2012 -- Taken by ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers aboard the ISS on May 21, 2012, this photo shows the dark stain of Wau an Namus, a volcano located in the Sahara desert of southern Libya. A 10-20 km-wide apron of basaltic lava surrounds the volcano's central cinder cone, which itself is ringed by three small, salty, reed-lined lakes that undoubtedly helped to give the area its name -- which means "Oasis of Mosquitoes".

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