Tassili n'Ajjer

Algerian section of the Sahara Desert

Tassili Rocks
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Tassili n'Ajjer 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.

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  • Landforms

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

    The Tassili n'Ajjer range is composed largely of sandstone. Erosion in the area has resulted in nearly 300 natural rock arches being formed, along with many other spectacular landforms.
  • World Heritage Site

    Tassili n'Ajjer is also noted for its prehistoric rock art and other ancient archaeological sites. Since the discovery of the artwork in 1933, 15,000 engravings have been identified to date.

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