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Dry Riverbeds of the Tassili n’Ajjer Mountains, Algeria

25.5N 9.0E

October 23rd, 2010 Category: Mountains

Algeria - October 13th, 2010

The Tassili n’Ajjer is a mountain range in the Sahara desert in southeast Algeria. Its name means “Plateau of the Rivers” in Tamazight, referring to a time long ago when the climate was significantly wetter.

Upon opening the full image some of the old, dry riverbeds can still be observed cutting through the mountains. Although the rivers no longer flow abundantly, due to the altitude and the water-holding properties of the sandstone, the vegetation is somewhat richer than the surrounding desert.

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