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The Great Sand Sea
Great Sand Sea
is an approximately 72,000 km² sand desert region in North Africa
North Africa
stretching between western Egypt
Egypt
and eastern Libya. Some 74% of the area is covered by sand dunes.[1]

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1 Geography 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Geography[edit] The Great Sand Sea
Great Sand Sea
stretches for a length of about 650 km from north to south and a width of 300 km from east to west. On satellite images this desert shows a pattern of long sand ridges running in a roughly north-south direction. However, despite the apparent uniformity the Great Sand Sea
Great Sand Sea
has two large areas with different types of megadunes.[1] The Egyptian sand sea lies parallel to the Calanshio Sand Sea of Libya, with which it is contiguous in the north. The dunes of the Great Sand Sea
Great Sand Sea
cover about 10% of the total area of the Egyptian Western Desert. Siwa is an oasis located in Egypt, about 50 km (30 mi) east of the Libyan border, in the eastern part of the Great Sand Sea
Great Sand Sea
or Egyptian Sand Sea. Although well-known to the Tuareg and traders who traveled with caravans across the Sahara, Friedrich Gerhard Rohlfs
Friedrich Gerhard Rohlfs
was the first European to document the Great Sand Sea. He began his Saharan expeditions in 1865, and named the great expanse of dunes the Große Sandmeer, but it was not until 1924 with the maps of Ahmed Hassanein that the full scope of the Great Sand Sea
Great Sand Sea
was appreciated by Europeans.[citation needed] See also[edit]

Great Sand Sea
Great Sand Sea
Glass Libyan Desert Sahara

References[edit]

^ a b Besler, Helga (2008) The Great Sand Sea
Great Sand Sea
in Egypt: Formation, Dynamics and Environmental Change: A Sediment-Analytical Approach Elsevier, Amsterdam, page 1 - 3, ISBN 978-0-444-52941-1

External links[edit]

Media related to Great Sand Sea
Great Sand Sea
at Wikimedia Commons Egypt
Egypt
Travel - The Great Sand Sea Desert
Desert
Geomorphology The Great Sand Sea
Great Sand Sea
- Rough Guides

Coordinates: 29°30′N 21°45′E / 29.500°N 21.750°E / 29.500; 21.750

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