21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

The wind generates whimsical shapes in the dunes of the largest sand desert in the world, the Rub' al-Khali, reminiscent of the fictional desert planet Arrakis, from the acclaimed Dune novels.

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Date Taken: 11.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: United Arab Emirates
Copyright: © Fernando LEAL