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The world's longest conveyor belt is clearly visible from space
It’s 100km long and runs across a desert.

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THIS IS THE world’s longest conveyor belt.

It runs for 100km across the desert of Western Sahara, and was constructed decades ago by a phosphate mining operation. Instead of trucking the phosphate ore across the sands to the coast, they simply built a giant conveyor belt to do the job for them.

The machine is so long, it is visible from orbit. Some of the light-coloured ore blows off the belt and creates a giant stripe across the desert.

This is what it looks like from space:

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You can clearly see its path all the way to the coast.

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Here’s where the belt starts at the mine:

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And stretches out far into the distance:

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via Neatorama

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