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Sebkhet el Melah Near the Coast of Tunisia

33.3N 10.9E

April 1st, 2010 Category: Salt Flats

Tunisia - March 5th, 2010

Tunisia - March 5th, 2010

The coast of Tunisia doesn’t present many deep indentations except near the island of Djerba, near the center of the image. Below the island is the Gulf of  Boughrara, while another bay is visible to the southeast. Situated between these two bodies of water is the Sebkhet el Melah, best observed in the full image. It is also known as Sabkhat al Milh and Sebkha el Melah.

Sebkhas are typical for dry areas, especially in North Africa, where the water flow can not reach the sea and accumulates in a depression. The water is saline, and the surface water dries up during summer seasons.

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