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Snow on Peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco

30.9N 6.8W

December 6th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Morocco – December 3rd, 2012

The High Atlas is a section of the Atlas Mountains in central Morocco. It rises in the west at the Atlantic coast and stretches in an eastern direction to the Moroccan-Algerian border. Here, its tall peaks are capped with snow.

At the Atlantic and to the southwest the range drops abruptly and makes an impressive transition to the coast and the Anti-Atlas range. To the north, in the direction of Marrakech, the range descends less abruptly. On the heights of Ouarzazate the massif is cut through by the Draa valley which opens southward. Here, water runs in some places, forming clear basins.

Sahara Desert Spreading Across Western and Northern Africa

April 18th, 2012 Category: Deserts

Morocco and neighbors - April 14th, 2012

The Sahara Desert or “Great Desert” is the world’s largest hot desert; at over 9,400,000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sq mi), it covers most of Northern Africa, making it almost as large as China or the United States.┬áThis image shows the desert extending across Morocco, Western Sahara, Mali, Mauritania and Algeria. Although a large part of Morocco is mountainous, particularly due to the Atlas Mountains in the center and the south of the country, the majority of the rest of the image appears covered by Saharan sands.

Mountain Ranges of Algeria

33.2N 3.1E

December 24th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains

Algeria - December 22nd, 2011

This shows Algeria, the largest country in Africa, the Arab world, and the Mediterranean. Most of the coastal area is hilly, sometimes even mountainous, and there are a few natural harbours. The area from the coast to the Tell Atlas is fertile. South of the Tell Atlas is a steppe landscape, which ends with the Saharan Atlas; further south, there is the Sahara desert.

The Tell Atlas merge with the Saharan Atlas in eastern Algeria. Between the two ranges lie vast plains and highlands. The vast mountain ranges of Aures and Nememcha, occupy northeastern Algeria and are delineated by the Tunisian border. The Ahaggar Mountains, also known as the Hoggar, are a highland region in central Sahara, southern Algeria.

Atlas Mountains Stretching Across Northern Africa

33.9N 1.5W

November 13th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Spain, Morocco, Algeria - November 8th, 2011

This image stretches from Spain (upper left), across the Strait of Gibraltar, to Morocco (lower left) and Algeria (right). The strait, which separates Europe and Africa by 14.3 km (8.9 mi) at its narrowest point, is partially obscured by clouds.

The Atlas Mountains can be seen stretching across Northern Africa, parallel to the coast. The range extends about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The Atlas ranges separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert.

Morocco, from Atlas Mountains to Sandy Sahara

29.8N 6.2W

April 10th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains

Morocco - March 30th, 2011

The Atlas Mountains cross the upper part of this image in a diagonal line, easily spotted due to the white of their snow-capped peaks in contrast with the tan of the surrounding desert.

The terrain becomes progressively flatter and the Sahara Desert sandier as one moves southward into southwestern Algeria. In the full image, some areas of sand dunes can be observed.