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Salt Lakes in Algeria and Tunisia

36.3N 6.1E

May 6th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Salt Flats

Algeria and Tunisia - April 14th, 2012

The Mediterranean coast from Morocco (left), across Algeria, to Tunisia (right) is green and vegetated, in contrast with the sands of the Sahara Desert to the south. Two large lakes can be observed amidst the desert sands, however: Chott el Djerid and Chott Ech Chergui.

The former is located in Tunisia. It is a large endorheic salt lake with a width of 20 km (12 mi) at its narrowest point, and a length of over 250 km (160 mi). Here, it appears various shades of tan, with the lighter areas likely indicating a salt crust.

Chott Ech Chergui is a large endorheic salt lake in northwestern Algeria, located at in the Saharan Atlas. The lake has an area of about 2000 km² and is one of the largest lakes in Algeria. Chott Ech Chergui is designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance.

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