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1000 Casbahs


Road of 1000 Kasbahs

Along the west edge of the Sahara Desert runs a road that passes many small walled cities or part of cities known as kasbahs. They served asfortresses for protection. Today they are picturesque and many are open with souks nearby.



Camels

Camels have long been been domesticated. Today they provide milk, meat, hair for textiles or goods such as felted pouches.

Camel trains still cross the desert bearing goods. You will find them at gathering places in the desert known as stations.

Camels

Camel Desert

 

Crossing the Desert

Amazingly a Nomad family will cross miles of seemingly non-descript dunes to their homes and villages.

Somehow Nomads know where they are going and know how to live with the heat and arid sands.



The Sahara Desert

The Sahara covers parts of several African nations including Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia.

The Sahara Desert is 25% dunes shaped by wind. There are also sand seas called ergs, barren stone plateaus, gravel plains, dry valleys and salt flats.

Sand Dunes

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Modern Developments

For those who do live in cities or villages modern life and the modern world has begun to intrude. Fertile lands at oases allow crops to grow. Desert mining in Algeria and Mauritania are important industries that have allowed population centers to grow.

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