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Qattara Depression

You will enjoy seeing the lowest point in Egypt.



The lowest point in Egypt, under sea level that is; the Qattara Depression is situated in the Northern part of the beautiful Western Desert, its depths reach to 134 m below sea level. It is the largest of seven such depressions in Egypt.

 

Unlike other depressions, the Oasis of Qattara, the Moghra Oasis, is uninhabited. Bedouin tribes and their livestock do however move through the area, utilizing the waters and grass of Moghra for grazing. As you travel through the Qattara Depression you will see beautiful rock formations that differ in size and shape, as well as saline marshes. Make sure you visit the black dunes (al-ghorood as-soud) in the South West of Qattara; these dunes are black due to the high shale content.

 

 

Qattara is the last known location where cheetahs can be found in Egypt although there are not enough individuals to sustain a population, the Dorcas Gazelle is also found here. Many tour operators operating in the Western Desert and from Cairo will have expeditions into the area. Try to stay a night or so as the area is intensely serene in the evening.

 

 

It covers about 7,000 square miles (18,100 square km) and contains salt lakes and marshes, and it descends to 435 feet (133 metres) below sea level. During World War II, because it was impassable to military traffic, the depression formed a natural anchor at the southern end of the British defense lines at El-Alamein (Al-Ê¿Alamayn; in northwestern Egypt) against the final advance of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s German army in July 1942. In the late 1970s oil deposits were discovered in the southern part of the depression.

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