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Tassili N’Ajjer National Park in Southeastern Algeria

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February 9th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Algeria - January 3rd, 2010

Algeria - January 3rd, 2010

The Tassili N’Ajjer National Park, in the Tassili N’Ajjer Mountains, is a World Heritage Site in Algeria. It is located on a plateau of outstanding scenic and geological interest (dark brown areas), covered by eroded sandstone forests of rock.

The area is a floristic and faunal island of Sahelian life in the middle of the desert, and harbors a relict Mediterranean cypress, one of the rarest trees in the world. It also has one of the largest and best preserved groupings of prehistoric cave art in the world, an immense gallery of neolithic art of international importance.

The park has a surface area of 8,000,000ha (Biosphere Reserve 7,200,000ha). It is located in the central Sahara in far southeastern Algeria. The northern boundary runs east 440 kilometers (km) from Amguid on the Tamanrasset road via Illizi to the Libyan border. The east and south sides adjoin the Libyan and Nigerien borders for 600km. The southern boundary runs northwest 700km from the Nigerien border to Amguid, bulging in to exclude the sands of Erg d’Admer.

Tassili n’Ajjer Mountains in the Sahara Desert, Algeria

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January 6th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Algeria - December 16th, 2009

Algeria - December 16th, 2009

Tassili n’Ajjer is a mountain range in the Sahara desert in southeast Algeria, North Africa. It extends about 500 km, and the highest point is Adrar Afao, at 2158 m. The nearest town is Djanet, about 10 km southwest of the range. Much of the range is protected in a National park, Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, named the Tassili n’Ajjer National Park.

The range is composed largely of sandstone. Erosion in the area has resulted in nearly 300 natural rock arches being formed, along with many other spectacular landforms. Because of the altitude and the water-holding properties of the sandstone, the vegetation is somewhat richer than the surrounding desert; it includes a very scattered woodland of the endangered endemic species Saharan Cypress and Saharan Myrtle in the higher eastern half of the range.

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