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Aïr Mountains Within Sahara Desert, Niger – November 23rd, 2011

18.2N 7.9E

November 23rd, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Mountains

Niger - November 23rd, 2011

The Aïr Mountains (also known as the Aïr Massif) is a triangular massif, located in northern Niger, within the Sahara desert. Part of the West Saharan montane xeric woodlands ecoregion, the mountains rise to more than 6,000 ft (1 830 m) and extend over 84 000 km².

Lying in the midst of desert north of the 17th parallel, the Aïr plateau, with an average altitude between 500 and 900 m, forms an island of Sahel climate which supports a wide variety of life, many pastoral and farming communities, and dramatic geological and archaeological sites.

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