While perusing through satellite imagery of the Sahara (crazily good ganj, trust me), I came upon something slightly unsettling: http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&hl=en&t=k&om=0&ll=20.474863,-12.34314&spn=0.047843,0.090294&z=14 Take a closer look at all those black marks spotting the geography. At first I thought they might be shadows from clouds, but upon closer inspection I noticed that (well, other than the fact that no cloud could possibly cast a shadow like that) they're only present over populated areas. Could they be burn marks? Other than that I'm completely stumped. And if those are all caused by fire, wtf happened in that area? That scale of destruction is simply unfathomable- but sadly, I've come to learn to never to underestimate the atrocities mankind is capable of.