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Salt Lakes in Algeria and Tunisia

36.3N 6.1E

May 6th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Salt Flats

Algeria and Tunisia - April 14th, 2012

The Mediterranean coast from Morocco (left), across Algeria, to Tunisia (right) is green and vegetated, in contrast with the sands of the Sahara Desert to the south. Two large lakes can be observed amidst the desert sands, however: Chott el Djerid and Chott Ech Chergui.

The former is located in Tunisia. It is a large endorheic salt lake with a width of 20 km (12 mi) at its narrowest point, and a length of over 250 km (160 mi). Here, it appears various shades of tan, with the lighter areas likely indicating a salt crust.

Chott Ech Chergui is a large endorheic salt lake in northwestern Algeria, located at in the Saharan Atlas. The lake has an area of about 2000 km² and is one of the largest lakes in Algeria. Chott Ech Chergui is designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance.

Coastal Algeria, Eastern Spain and Balearic Islands

36.6N 1.1E

December 28th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

Algeria and Spain - December 22nd, 2011

A strip of land along the coast of Algeria appear green and fertile, in contrast with the Sahara Desert to the south. Visible parallel to the coast are the Saharan Atlas Mountains. Near the center of the shoreline, just below the change in terrain, is the Chott Ech Chergui, a large endorheic salt lake (appearing tan in color, here).

To the north, the eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula can be observed in the upper left quadrant, with the Spanish Balearic Islands, including Majorca (the largest), Minorca (to its east) and Ibiza and Formentera (to its west), visible in the Mediterranean Sea at the upper center and right.

Atlas Mountains and Chott Ech Chergui, Algeria

34.1N 0.4E

December 19th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Wetlands

Algeria - December 11th, 2011

Algeria is the largest country in Africa, the Arab world, and the Mediterranean. Its southern part includes a significant part of the Sahara. To the north, the Tell Atlas mountains run parallel to the Saharan Atlas, further south, with vast plains and highlands between them. Both Atlas tend to merge in eastern Algeria. The Atlas Mountains preserve the north from desertification.

Visible near the center left is the Chott Ech Chergui, is a large endorheic salt lake in northwestern Algeria, located in the Saharan Atlas. The lake has an area of about 2000 km² and is one of the largest lakes in Algeria. It is also designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance; the Ramsar site has an area of 8555 km².

The Wetlands of Chott Ech Chergui, Algeria – March 18th, 2009

March 18th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Northwestern Algeria - February 24th, 2009

Northwestern Algeria - February 24th, 2009

A small section of Algeria’s Mediterranean coastline, near the border with Morocco, is visible in the upper left corner. Slightly inland, a large green lake whose shores are coated with tan sediments, is visible.

Called the Sebkha of Oran, it is a salt lake that covers most of the territory of the Boutlélis District in Algeria’s Oran Province.

Moving farther inland, away from the fertile green coast, another large lake can be observed. This lake, known as Chott Ech Chergui, is a large endorheic salt lake in the Saharan Atlas. It is one of the largest lakes in Algeria, with an area of about 2000 km². This area is designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance.

According to the Ramsar Organisation, it is the second largest chott in North Africa; an extensive closed depression containing permanent and seasonal saline, brackish, and freshwater lakes and pools, as well as hot springs.

The habitats here are diverse, including steppe areas that are always green, the land around the chott and the “sebkhas” which has no vegetation, and acquatic areas with lake and marsh vegetation.

Many threatened and vulnerable plant species are present. The area is also important for several species of migratory waterbirds, which use it as a site for nesting and wintering.

The area is used for agriculture and raising livestock by humans. However, human use also may also cause environmental problems, such as overgrazing, poaching, desertification, and deforestation for firewood.

Northern Algeria – February 9th, 2009

February 9th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Northern coast of Algeria - January 30th, 2009

Northern coast of Algeria - January 30th, 2009

A dense, bright green color surrounds an outflow of tan sediments that is moving to the west, down the coast of Algeria. The sediments billow out into the Mediterranean Sea just above the Gulf of Arzew.

Continuing west, past the gulf, and moving inland, a large lake can be seen. This is a salt lake called the Sebkha of Oran. It covers most of the territory of the Boutlélis District in Algeria’s Oran Province.

The entire lake appears bright green, and there are tan sediments on the southern and eastern shores.

Moving farther inland, another large lake, called Chott Ech Chergui, can be found. It is a large endorheic salt lake in the Saharan Atlas. With an area of about 2000 km², it is one of the largest lakes in Algeria.

Chott Ech Chergui is designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance. Here, a large part is covered by sediments, and the remainder appears bright green.

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