Astronaut Luca Parmitano captured from ISS the table mountain in Brezina, Algeria. Seen from space, smooth contour of the plateau is clear.

Credit: Luca Parmitano, ESA, NASA

This table moutain in in the Saharan Atlas, a part of the Atlas Mountains in North Africa. It is located mainly in Algeria, with its eastern end in Tunisia. Although not as tall as the High Atlas of Morocco its summits are more imposing than the Tell Atlas range that runs parallel closer to the coast. The tallest peak in the range is the 2,236m high Djebel Aissa in the Ksour Range. Bordered in the north by the Hautes Plaines, the Saharan Atlas is one of the vast plateaus of Africa, formed of ancient base rock covered by the sediment of shallow seas and alluvial deposits. The Saharan Atlas Mountains mark the northern edge of the Sahara Desert. The mountains see some rainfall and are better suited to agriculture than the plateau region to the north.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: I love Algeria

Reference: Luca Parmitano’s Tweet
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