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Erg Chebbi
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Erg Chebbi

Sahara, Morocco

Erg Chebbi (Arabic: عرق الشبي‎), in southeastern Morocco, is one of two Saharan ergs in the northwest African nation (the other is Erg Chigaga near M'hamid). Its distinctive ergs — large dunes formed by wind-blown sand — reach up to 150 meters high, and form a composite erg 22 km long (north-south) and 5 km wide. The village of Merzouga, about ten hours from Marrakesh or Fez, is located near the edge of the dunes. The dunes are a popular tourist destination.

The erg is located roughly 40 kilometers southeast of Erfoud. The local center for tourists is the village of Merzouga. The locals believe that these dunes were sent as punishment for turning away a weary traveler from the desert. They say that shortly thereafter, the gods made the dunes pile up outside their town as a lesson never to send away another needy wanderer.

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Dror Yalon14-Nov-2011 13:46
Worlds collide - The deserted tent and the "modern" motorcycle.
Blandine Mangin05-Dec-2010 08:48
very beautiful scene ! v
Betty Vlasiu05-Dec-2010 08:38
Wonderful image, love the colours.
René Gysi05-Dec-2010 08:35
Wonderful scene with great lighting. V
Gérard Koehl05-Dec-2010 07:52
Cette scène est magnifique. V
Paco López05-Dec-2010 05:39
Wonderful light!! V!
soulis05-Dec-2010 03:36
Excellent documentary presentation! BV.
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