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Peaks and Plateaux of the Aïr Mountains, Niger

18.2N 7.9E

April 6th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Niger - March 5th, 2010

Niger - March 5th, 2010

The Aïr Mountains stand out as unusually dark granite peaks and plateaux against the sand-covered lowlands of the Sahara Desert in northern Niger. These mountains reach heights of more than 6,000 ft (1 830 m) and extend over an area of 84000 km².

The peaks and plateaux are interrupted by sandy valleys and seasonal wadis. The massif has some volcanic features, including the cadera of the extinct Arakao. To the east, the sand dunes of the Ténéré Desert are visible.

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