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Border Area of Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania

27.6N 10.8W

November 3rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Morocco - October 4th, 2009

Morocco - October 4th, 2009

Fuerteventura (below) and Lanzarote (above), two of the Canary Islands, are visible off the coast of Africa near the border between Morocco (north) and Western Sahara (south).

The terrain of Western Sahara consists mainly of desert flatlands, although large areas of rocky or sandy surfaces rise to small mountains in the south and northeast. Here, one such ridge of mountains is visible just above the country’s border with Mauritania, whose terrain occupies the lower right quadrant.

This land in Mauritania is part of the Saharan Zone and has little vegetation. Some mountainous areas with a water source support small-leafed and spiny plants and scrub grasses suitable for camels. Cultivation is limited to oases, where date palms are used to shade other crops from the sun.