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Egypt’s Western Desert

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July 14th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Egypt - June 14th, 2009

Egypt - June 14th, 2009

The Western Desert covers about 700,000 square kilometers of land to the west of the Nile in Egypt and Libya. The land visible in this orthorectified image is located in central Egypt.

This immense desert accounts for about two-thirds of Egypt’s land area, spanning from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sudanese border.

The desert’s Jilf al Kabir Plateau has an altitude of about 1,000 meters, an exception to the uninterrupted territory of basement rocks covered by layers of horizontally bedded sediments forming a massive plain or low plateau.

The Great Sand Sea, upper left quadrant, lies within the desert’s plain and extends from the Siwa Oasis to Jilf al Kabir. Here, lines of high sand dunes separated by flat basins can be observed.

Escarpments (ridges) and deep depressions (basins) exist in several parts of the Western Desert, and no rivers or streams drain into or out of the area.

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