Northern Algeria – February 9th, 2009
A dense, bright green color surrounds an outflow of tan sediments that is moving to the west, down the coast of Algeria. The sediments billow out into the Mediterranean Sea just above the Gulf of Arzew.
Continuing west, past the gulf, and moving inland, a large lake can be seen. This is a salt lake called the Sebkha of Oran. It covers most of the territory of the Boutlélis District in Algeria’s Oran Province.
The entire lake appears bright green, and there are tan sediments on the southern and eastern shores.
Moving farther inland, another large lake, called Chott Ech Chergui, can be found. It is a large endorheic salt lake in the Saharan Atlas. With an area of about 2000 km², it is one of the largest lakes in Algeria.
Chott Ech Chergui is designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance. Here, a large part is covered by sediments, and the remainder appears bright green.