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Here is What War-Torn Landscape Looks Like from Space

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Here is What War-Torn Landscape Looks Like from Space

The image, taken by Expedition 41 aboard the International Space Station, looks like the fine artwork of some extra-terrestrial, but it’s actually decades old scarred earth and entrenchments of warfare along the Iraq/Iran border.


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Systems of large curved earthworks, circular gun emplacements, and straight connecting roads run parallel to the international border.

First thought by the ISS team to be oil-pad installations, the strategic location of these formations along the international boundary made it easier to see these as patterns of military fortifications. This region of oil refining and exporting was the center of numerous military actions during the war in the 1980s, especially during the defense of the southern city of Basra.

The patterns were spotted near Basra at the border between Iraq and Iran (shown), a remnant of the war in the 1980s

The patterns were spotted near Basra at the border between Iraq and Iran (shown), a remnant of the war in the 1980s


An image taken aboard the International Space Station has revealed remnants of war at the Iran-Iraq border, shown. In the image Iran is at the top right, the border between the countries is the line below the blue dots and Iraq is to the south

An image taken aboard the International Space Station has revealed remnants of war at the Iran-Iraq border, shown. In the image Iran is at the top right, the border between the countries is the line below the blue dots and Iraq is to the south



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