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Western Sahara, Morocco

February 7th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Clouds near coast of Morocco - January 29th, 2009

Clouds near coast of Morocco - January 29th, 2009

Cape Juby is a cape on the coast of southern Morocco, near its border with Western Sahara, directly east of the Canary Islands. The region is now also known as the Tarfaya Strip.

Moving up the coast from the cape, the first river visible is called the Draa. It is Morocco’s longest river (1100 km).

Its source is in the High Atlas mountains, from where it flows south to Tagounit, then mostly westwards to the Atlantic Ocean.

The water from the Draa is used to irrigate Palmeraies and small horticulture along the river, although the western section, between Tagounit and the Atlantic, is dry most of the year.

An algal bloom is present along the entire coast in this area. Offshore between the cape and the Draa, some interesting cloud patterns can be observed.

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