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Igneous Mountain of Jebel Dair, Sudan

12.4N 30.6E

March 12th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Sudan - March 5th, 2010

Sudan - March 5th, 2010

Jebel Dair (the dark brown structure just south of the river and left of the center of this image) is a mountain in central Sudan. This igneous mountain rises over 1000 m above the surrounding terrain and 1451 m above sea level.

The flanks of the mountain apparently have been denuded of vegetation, although it appears that water exists in some of the meandering stream channels within the darker, vegetated wadis.

With the exception of Dair Mountain, most of the region is fairly flat and is marginally suited for subsistence agriculture, as well as for commercial crops of peanuts, sesame, and gum arabic.

A series of low, linear sand dunes discernible on the other side of the river, just northwest of the mountains, is a reminder that this region experiences wide variations in annual precipitation, making agricultural activities somewhat tenuous.

Drainage patterns dominate this hot, semiarid landscape in central Sudan west of the White Nile River. Several major wadis, intermittently flowing watercourses, merge west and northwest of Jebel Dair.

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