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Tell Atlas Mountains Paralleling Mediterranean Coast of Algeria

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October 19th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Algeria - September 29th, 2009

Algeria - September 29th, 2009

The Tell Atlas is a mountain chain over 1,500 kilometers in length that parallels the Mediterranean coast in North Africa. The chain belongs to the Atlas mountain ranges, stretching from Morocco, through Algeria to Tunisia. Here, the ranging can be seen running through Algeria.

The Tell Atlas enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate (warm, dry summers and mild, rainy winters with snow at upper elevations). As a consequence, the northern slopes of the Tell Atlas are forested with cedar, pine, and cork oak. Some of this vegetation appears as green areas on the right side of the image.

In the summer a hot, dry wind, the Sirocco, blows north from the Sahara across the Tell Atlas, causing dusty, dry conditions along the northern coast of Africa. Despite the arid climate, some agriculture for barley and wheat farming is found in the Tell Atlas region.

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