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Fertile Lands of the Sous Below the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

30.4N 8.8W

February 7th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Morocco - January 8th, 2010

Morocco - January 8th, 2010

The fertile lands of the Sous appear as a green area around the tan, sediment laden Sous River, south of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. By the coast, the Sous spills thick brown sediments into the Atlantic Ocean near Agadir, and other rivermouths can also be seen discharging sediments further to the North.

The Sous (also spelled Souss) is a region in southern Morocco. Geologically, it is the alluvial basin of the Sous River, separated from the Sahara by the mountains of the Atlas Range.

A well irrigated area, this has been one of Morocco’s most fertile regions for centuries. The natural vegetation in the Sous is savanna dominated by the Argan, an endemic tree found nowhere else; part of the area is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to protect this unique habitat.

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