Ouarzazate and the Draa River, Morocco30.9N 6.8W
The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate, often called “the door of the desert”, appears as a green oasis between mountains and desert in the upper left corner. It is the capital of Ouarzazate Province in the Souss-Massa-Draâ region of southern-central Morocco. As of 2004 it had a population of 56,616.
Ouarzazate is located at an altitude of 1,160 m in the middle of a bare plateau, south of the High Atlas Mountains. To the south of the town is the desert. The town is chiefly inhabited by Berbers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known.
Here, the Draa River, the longest in Morocco, can be seen flowing down from the High Atlas Mountains in the upper left corner, past Ouarzazate, and diagonally across the image towards the southeast. The green of the Draa Valley appears as a green ribbon surrounding the river.