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What's This Strange Patch in the Australian Desert?

A light patch in the Western Australian desert. (Photo: NASA Earth Observatory) Back in November 2015, the Landsat 8 satellite passed over Western Australia's Gibson Desert and captured the image above. That bright orange patch was new—when the satellite had passed the month before, it wasn't there. Here's a larger view from October: October 2015 shot. (Image: NASA Earth Observatory) And then here's the same shot from November—you can see the patch towards the bottom of the frame, in the center: November 2015.
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