Ourzazate and the Atlas Mountains, Morocco – January 24th, 2009
The Atlas Mountains are a mountain range across a northern stretch of Africa extending about 2,400 km (1,500 miles) through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.
The Atlas ranges separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. The highest peak is Jbel Toubkal, with an elevation of 4167 m, in southwestern Morocco.
Here a portion of the range that runs through Morocco is visible.
The lake south of the mountains was created by the El-Mansour Eddahbi Dam. The dam uses the waters of the Draa, Morocco’s longest river (1100 km).
Near the lake is the city of Ouarzazate, a popular tourist and film production destination due to the Atlas Mountains and the Draa Valley.