There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING

If you searched for the Sahara desert on Google Maps, you’d find a little speck that’s located in the desert. That little speck, though, is a geological and zoological wonder. If you were trekking through the desert, if you saw it in the distance you would think that it’s just a happy mirage…

It’s called the Guelta d’Archei and it is an oasis, (actually a guelta). A guelta is a type of wetland you will typically find in the desert. And what happens there is a beautiful miracle.

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It’s located smack dab in the middle of the Sahara.

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A guelta forms when underground water in lowland depressions spills to the surface and creates permanent pools and reservoirs.

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This one is located in the Ennedi Plateau, in north-eastern Chad, hidden behind a canyon.

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The cool waters are sheltered by sandstone cliffs.
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Hundreds of camels are grateful to be herded into the knee deep water.
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You might not want to swim there, though, as the excrement from all of the camels has turned the water black.

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In those black waters are Nile crocodiles.

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The crocodiles feed on fish that feed on the algae that feed on the waters fertilized by camels.

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It’s an amazing wonder.

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The oasis is a beautiful surprise in the middle of a vast desert, with an ecosystem of its own that is a little mind baffling.

 

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