Astronaut Luca Parmitano captured from ISS Chott Ech Chergui, Algeria.

Credit: Luca Parmitano, ESA, NASA

Chott Ech Chergui (Arabic: شط الشرقي‎) is a large endorheic salt lake in Saïda Province, northwestern Algeria. It is located in the level terrain of the Hautes Plaines region between the Tell Atlas and the Saharan Atlas and is one of the largest lakes in Algeria. The Chott Ech Chergui has an area of about 2000 km² where water collects during the wet season, forming a number of large shallow salt lakes which become salt flats as they dry. Chott Ech Chergui has been designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance. The Ramsar site has an area of 8555km² and is the natural environment for a number of threatened and vulnerable animal and plant species.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Wikipedia

Reference: Luca Parmitano’s Tweet
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