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The enclyclopedia of global geography, together with loads of facts.

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R Kabylie Ouled M Na T U N I S I A il t M s ts . . Amour Mts. Tlemcen Mtn. variety excessive Chott Plateaus Melrhir Saharan Atlas Mountains inform Atlas Mountains M O R O C C O Ksour Mts. M&zab 32°N E r g G r e a t W e s t e r n E r g G r e a t E a s t e r n M A G H R E B 30°N L I B YA M A U R I T A N I A 28°N Mount Tahat 9,853 toes. (3,003 m) Ahaggar Mountains S A H A R A M A L I 26°N Algeria foreign border N I G E R top nationwide capital zero a hundred 2 hundred mi. different urban Ç 2003 The Gale staff, Inc. MALI zero a hundred 2 hundred km dry lak e beds and salt residences (chotts) throughout the most popular which wanders for 143 mi (230 km) from its resource within the months. inform Atlas to the Mediterranean. many of the inform streams scale down to trickles or cross dry in summer season, yet within the west reservoirs were built within the Chelif and Hamiz INLAND WATERWAYS river basins for irrigation reasons. Rivers and streams simply because precipitation is intermittent and infrequently scanty, at the excessive plateaus circulation irregularly, and the zone con- Algeria has few everlasting inland our bodies of water and no tains salt marshes and shallow salt lakes. The land within the navigable rivers—almost them all stream merely seasonally southernmost Saharan zone is essentially arid yet has a few or irregularly. The longest and top recognized is the Chelif, date-palm oases. GEO-DATA: the area GEOGRAPHICAL ENC YCLOP EDIA nine A l g e r i a THE COAST, ISLANDS, AND the sea There are parts of scrub and grassland within the inform Atlas sector, the place cedar and pine forests were Algeria borders the Mediterranean Sea at the north. destroyed through hearth and logging. Esparto grass, a the key towns of Algiers, Oran, and Annaba can be found needlegrass universal to African deserts, is plentiful in on Algeria’s slender, intermittent coastal plains, in addition to the western a part of the excessive Plateaus, the place brushwood the port towns of Bejaia and Skikda. those plains trade is usually came across. with massifs alongside a lot of the coast, apart from the east- ernmost part, the place the coast is generally mountainous. Deserts South of the Saharan Atlas, the Algerian part of the Sahara barren region extends southward 931 mi (1,500 km) weather AND plants to the Niger and Mali frontiers, with a standard elevation Temperature of approximately 1,500 toes (460 m). titanic components of sand dunes, Algeria’s geographical variety mak es for more than a few known as ergs, occupy approximately one-fourth of the zone. weather conditions. The northern a part of the rustic has between those components, the 2 significant ones are the Grand Erg a Mediterranean weather with gentle, rainy winters and scorching, Occidental (Great Western Erg) and the bigger Grand Erg dry summers. Temperatures variety from 50° to 54°F (10° Oriental (Great jap Erg), the place huge, immense dunes 6. five to 12°C) in iciness to seventy five° to 79°F (24° to 26°C) in summer time. to sixteen. five toes (two to 5 meters) excessive are spaced approximately a hundred thirty toes The plateau zone has a semiarid weather, with a better (40 m) aside. a lot of the rest of the desolate tract is cov- variety of temperatures among the summer season and iciness ered via naked, rocky systems referred to as hamada which are ele- months.

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