Lakes and Sebkhas in Northern Algeria – February 16th, 201035.6N 7.1E
The fertile green Mediterranean coastal zone of Algeria gradually fades into golden tan desert as one moves southward. Several lakes can be observed near the shoreline in the upper right quadrant, while several sebkhas (salt plains) are visible further inland in the arid zone.
The large, brown lake towards the western part of the upper right quadrant is Lake Fetzara. Moving eastward towards the Tunisian border, Lake Mellah and Lake Oubeira are also visible. The former is closer to the coast and dark blue, while the latter is slightly further inland and mint green.
Towards the center of the image, the sebkhas appear greyish tan, slightly lighter in color than the surrounding terrain. A sebkha is geologic feature in North Africa, consisting of a smooth, flat, plain usually high in salt that may become a marsh or a shallow lake after a rain until the water evaporates. The sebkhas visible here are (from the largest to the East, moving westwards): Guerrah Et Tarf, Guerrah El Guellif, Guerrah Ank Djemel, and Sebkret Ez Zemoul.