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Fertile Lands of the Sous Below the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

30.4N 8.8W

February 7th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Morocco - January 8th, 2010

Morocco - January 8th, 2010

The fertile lands of the Sous appear as a green area around the tan, sediment laden Sous River, south of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. By the coast, the Sous spills thick brown sediments into the Atlantic Ocean near Agadir, and other rivermouths can also be seen discharging sediments further to the North.

The Sous (also spelled Souss) is a region in southern Morocco. Geologically, it is the alluvial basin of the Sous River, separated from the Sahara by the mountains of the Atlas Range.

A well irrigated area, this has been one of Morocco’s most fertile regions for centuries. The natural vegetation in the Sous is savanna dominated by the Argan, an endemic tree found nowhere else; part of the area is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to protect this unique habitat.

Moroccan Coast, from Essaouira to Agadir

30.4N 9.5W

May 30th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Morocco - May 11th, 2009

Morocco - May 11th, 2009

This stretch of Moroccan coastline stretches from north of Essaouira (above) to south of Agadir (below). Sandy beaches and warm winter temperatures help make both cities popular tourist destinations. Further inland, the terrain slopes upward into the Atlas Mountains.

Essaouira is protected by a natural bay, partially shielded by wave action by the Iles Purpuraires. A broad sandy beach extends from the harbour south of Essaourira, at which point the Oued Ksob discharges to the ocean.

The city of Agadir is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, near the foot of the Atlas Mountains, just north of the point where the Souss River flows into the ocean.