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Tassili N'Ajjer | Illizi, Algeria


25° 47' 5.6364" N, 7° 51' 18.81" E
Tassili N'Ajjer

Tassili N'Ajjer - Photo: Marina & Enrique

Tassili n'Ajjer (Berber: Tasili n Ajjer, meaning "Plateau of the Rivers"; Arabic: طاسيلي ناجر‎) is a mountain range in the Algerian section of the Sahara Desert. It is a vast plateau in south-east Algeria at the borders of Libya and Niger, covering an area of 72,000 km2.

The range is also noted for its prehistoric rock art and other ancient archaeological sites, dating from the Neolithic era when the local climate was less dry, savannah rather than desert. The art is no older than 9–10 millennia, according to OSL dating of associated sediments, but may be younger. The art depicts herds of cattle, large wild animals including crocodiles, and human activities such as hunting and dancing. According to UNESCO, "The exceptional density of paintings and engravings...have made Tassili world famous as from 1933, the date of its discovery. 15,000 engravings have been identified to date."

The nearest town is Djanet, about 6,25 mi (10 km) southwest of the range. Much of the range, including the cypresses and archaeological sites (see below), is protected in a National park, Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, named the Tassili n'Ajjer National Park.

The plateau is also of great geological and aesthetic interest: the panorama of geological formations with "rock forests" of eroded sandstone resembles a strange lunar landscape.

More infos: Wikipedia

Tassili N'Ajjer

Tassili N'Ajjer

Tassili N'Ajjer

Tassili N'Ajjer - Photo: Rainer Voegeli

Tassili N'Ajjer

Tassili N'Ajjer - Photo: Markus Stöcklin

Tassili N'Ajjer

Arche de Tikobawen - Photo: Zeriss

SUBMITTED ON 05.28.2013.