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Agriculture Near Messak Sattafat Plateau, Libya – January 21st, 2010

26.5N 12.7E

January 21st, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Libya - December 16th, 2009

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The Messak Sattafat plateau rises above the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert in Fezzan, a south-western region of modern Libya. Fezzan is thus divided into two sub-basins by the Messak Sattafat, a Nubian Sandstone escarpment and associated dip-slope plateau.

The region as a whole is largely desert but broken by mountains, uplands, and dry river valleys (wadis), where oases enable ancient towns and villages to survive deep in the otherwise inhospitable Sahara. Upon opening the full image, two agricultural areas of circular irrigated fields can be observed in the upper half of the image, both north and south of the Messak Sattafat plateau.

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