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    A guelta

    by JLBG Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: A guelta is a crack between two rocks with a waterproof bottom where water gathers each time there is a rain and stay for years, evaporating slowly. This is the water we are drinking when trekking in the Tassili N'ajjer (see my page, to come)

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    A guelta

    by JLBG Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: A guelta is a crack between two rocks with a waterproof bottom where water gathers each time there is a rain and stay for years, evaporating slowly. This is the water we are drinking when trekking in the Tassili N'ajjer (see my page, to come)

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    Tassili and oued

    by JLBG Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This picture shows clearly a Tassili very deeply carved by an oued. If you enlarge the picture, you will see that the surface of the plateau (Tassili) is also carved. This explains that Tassili N'Ajjer can be visited only by foot and on camel back.

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    Eroded hamada and reg

    by JLBG Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This picture shows in the foreground a very eroded Hamada. There remain only low stripes of carved rocks. In the background, a reg. A reg is a huge area covered with gravels. It accounts for about half the surface of the Sahara. When the stones are larger (several cm to a few dm) it is called a stony reg. When the stones are smaller (less than a cm) it is called a sandy reg. Coarse sand will make something halfway between an erg and a reg. There is no definite limit between erg and reg.

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    Hamada and tassili

    by JLBG Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This picture shows in the foreground a hamada that has been so deeply carved that there remain only a few spare rocks in the bed of a very wide oued.
    In the background, a high level hamada that forms a plateau, called a Tassili. Tassili n'Ajjer (Tassili of the Ajjer Touaregs) is close to Djanet and will be our goal.

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    Hamada and erg

    by JLBG Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This picture shows a Hamada that has been deeply carved by water erosion. In the middle of the picture, an oued. An oued is the bed of a river, most of the time dry, and that has been filled by sand. On the left, another oued. When it rains, flash floods can occur very fast and are very dangerous.

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    Hamada

    by JLBG Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: A Hamada is a huge rocky area, almost flat. It can be made either of limestone or of sandstone. This picture shows a hamada that has been very little carved by water erosion. Hamada account for about 20% of the total area of the Sahara.

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    Another erg

    by JLBG Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: An Erg is a huge sandy area where dunes, built by the wind can reach a height of 400 m. Dunes are always moving : sand grains are pushed by the wind and roll one over the other. Some move slowly, other faster. On this picture star shaped dunes are shown. They grow where strong winds from various directions meet. Main ergs of the Sahara are the Grand Erg oriental (main eastern erg), Grand Erg occidental (main western erg), Erg de Mourzouk (Murzuk erg), Erg Makteir (Makteir erg), Erg Admer (Admer Erg), etc.

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    Erg

    by JLBG Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The largest dry desert in the world in the Sahara desert (about 12 millions square kilometers). Flying over the Sahara towards Djanet allows viewing the various figures of the Sahara.
    The Erg is the most characteristic geological figure of the desert. It is how people think of the desert though the erg account for only 20% of the total area of the Sahara.

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    Friday, the holiday day

    by Svillegas Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Friday is a holiday day in Algeria (and in the rest of islamic countries), this days there's a party air the streets of Djanet.

    People walks though the street with their best suits (tradicional clothes, of course). Most men are dressed in light blue.

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