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El Kala Off The Beaten Path

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    by JLBG Written Dec 29, 2005

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    In Algeria, because of the one million European population that lived in the country until 1962, there are many Christian cemeteries. Relatives do not visit them often but they are usually kept in relatively good condition by local authorities. However, they can be invaded by weeds like this one, along the road from Annaba to El Kala.

    Ancient Christian cemetery
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    by JLBG Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Some of the shores of lake El Mellah are framed with swamps like the one shown on the first photo. The vegetation includes some carnivorous (small !) plants. Sorry, I have not seen any !

    The second photo shows a Lepiota mastoidea, (French : Lépiote mamelonnée, English : Slender Parasol, German : Spitzbuckliger Schirmpil. It is edible but might easily be mistaken with smaller species that are highly toxic. Be careful !

    The third photo shows a Prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica). This cactus grows as thick bushes that can reach 5m high. The 10 cm wide yellow flowers bloom in Spring, and give in late Summer 10 cm long edible fruits.

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    by JLBG Updated Dec 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Lac El Mellah (El Mellah lake) means salted lake. It is a body of brackish water which content in salt varies following rain, tides (the Mediterranean has small tides) and winds.

    The first photo shows the northern part of the lake, connected with the Mediterranean. In the background (south), the hills of El Tarf. It was drizzling !

    If you enlarge the second photo, you will see that there are several anglers, with one protecting himself with an umbrella.

    Fishing can be practiced too from a boat. The third photo shows a wooden small craft equipped with an engine.

    The last photo shows the opening of lac El Mellah towards the sea (north)

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    by JLBG Written Dec 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The post says "Université d'Annaba, station biologique du lac El Mellah" (University of Annaba, biological station of Lake El Mellah). As lake El Mellah is a brackish water lake, with salt levels that can vary, for scientists, it is a very special and interesting biotope. This is why several groups of the University of Annaba are studying it.

    Lake El Mellah Biological station of Lake El Mellah biological station of Lake El Mellah
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