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Waw an Namus Volcanic Field, Libya

24.9N 17.7E

June 8th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Libya - May 30th, 2009

Libya - May 30th, 2009

Waw an Namus, meaning Oasis of Mosquitoes, is a volcanic field, cone and caldera in the southern region of Libya, visible here at the center right. It is also near the geographic center of the Sahara Desert.

The inside of the caldera, which appears a lighter color here, houses rich foliage and three small salt lakes of variable color which are the reason for the volcano’s name. An apron of dark basaltic tephra extends 10-20 km around the caldera.

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