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Nafusa Mountains Between the Jefara and the Tripolitanian Plateau, Libya

31.9N 12.0E

February 26th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Libya - February 18th, 2010

Libya - February 18th, 2010

Running across the upper part of this orthorectified image of Libya are the Nafusa Mountains. They are located in Eljabel Elgharbi, a region in western Libya where the majority of the country’s Berbers are concentrated. The mountains stretch across two districts: Al Jabal al Gharbi District (formerly Gharyan District and Yafran District) and Nalut District.

The Nafusa mountains lie on the boundary between the Libyan coastal plain, known as the Jefara, to the north, and the Tripolitanian Plateau to the south. The beds (strata) of the Tripolitanian Plateau slope downwards to the south and tilt upwards towards the north creating the highest portion of the plateau as the Nafusa mountains which rise to over 750 meters.

The plateau ends abruptly on the north with an escarpment which has up to 350 meters of topographic prominence. A series of deep valleys which drain north toward the Jefara cut into this escarpment.

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