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Hills and Sand Dunes in Algeria’s Béchar Province

May 31st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Algeria - April 14th, 2010

Algeria - April 14th, 2010

These brown areas of hills are located in the southernmost part of Béchar, a province (wilaya) in Algeria, named after its capital Béchar. Despite the aridity of most of the area, a lake is visiable near the right edge.

The orange colored sand dunes reaching the base of the hills in the upper right quadrant are the southwesternmost edge of the Grand Erg Occidental (Great Western Sand Sea), the second largest erg in northern Algeria.

From Morocco to Algeria, Coast to Desert

29.4N 1.4W

May 29th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Morocco and Algeria - April 14th, 2010

Morocco and Algeria - April 14th, 2010

This image stretches across Morocco to Algeria, from fertile green coastal areas to the sandy dunes of the Sahara Desert. The Strait of Gibraltar is also visible in the upper left corner.

The dunes of the desert areas are in the upper part of the Grand Erg Occidental (also known as the Western Sand Sea), the second largest erg in northern Algeria, after the Grand Erg Oriental.

Sand Dunes and Wadi, Algeria – December 23rd, 2008

December 23rd, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Desert Dunes, Algeria - November 18th, 2008

Desert Dunes, Algeria - November 18th, 2008

This images gives us a detailed look at the desert sands of Algeria. In the lower portion, we can clearly see the red-orange dunes of the Sahara Desert.

These dunes are in the upper part of the Grand Erg Occidental (also known as the Western Sand Sea), the second largest erg in northern Algeria, after the Grand Erg Oriental.

This true desert region receives less than 25 cm (10 in) of rainfall per year. It contains no human villages and there are no roads through it.

From the top left to the center, we can see the Wadi Saour. A wadi, found primarily in North Africa and the Middle East, is a valley or ravine, bounded by relatively steep banks, which in the rainy season becomes a watercourse. As we can observe, some water has pooled in the wadi near the center of the image.

Contrary to the uninhabited Grand Erg Oriental, there are some towns near the Wadi Saour, such as Ougarta, Ouata and Kerzaz.

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