2019 Advent Calendar – December 17: Tassili n’Ajjer and Murzuq Desert, Algeria and Libya

On December 17, let’s travel to the Murzuq desert, between Algeria and Libya, a vast area of about 58,000 km², part of the immense Sahara desert. It is named after the town of Murzuq in the Fezzan, the southwestern region of Libya.

To the East is Tassili n’Ajjer National Park, a strange lunar landscape that is home to one of the most important groupings of prehistoric cave art in the world. There are more than 15,000 drawings and engravings that record the history from 6000 BC to the first centuries of the present era.

In the center of the image, an unusual crescent-shaped rock formation reminds us of the lunar landscape of Tassili n’Ajjer.

The color palette of this image is very varied, ranging from blue, black, and grey to flaming oranges. This satellite view illustrates the beauty and variety of the Sahara desert which is often thought as a large yellow sandy area.

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