Nine Almost Circular Massifs of the Air Mountains, Niger18.2N 7.9E
The Aïr Mountains (also known as the Aïr Massif) are located in northern Niger, within the Sahara desert. They consist of nine almost circular massifs, several of which can be easily identified in the thumbnail, rising from a rocky plateau, bordered by the sand dunes and plain of the Ténéré Desert to the east.
The mountains extend over an area of 84 000 km² and reach heights of over 6,000 ft (1 830 m). The Aïr plateau, however, has an average altitude between 500 and 900 m. The plateau and mountains form an island of Sahel climate which supports a wide variety of animal and plant life and many pastoral and farming communities.