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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.

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