WHITE DESERT

Long Durational Natural Phenomenon

Existence of White Desert

Duration: 70 Million years

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Cover photograph CC BY-SA 2.5 Michael Hoefner

Farafra in Egypt has an estimated 5,000 inhabitants (2002) and is mostly inhabited by the local Bedouins. The main geographic attraction of Farafra is its White Desert (known as Sahara el Beyda, with the word sahara meaning a desert). The White Desert is a national park of Egypt and is located 28 miles north of the town of Farafra.

Photograph CC BY-SA 2.0 Omar Kamel

The rock of the desert is colored from snow-white to a cream color. It has massive chalk rock formations that are text-book examples of ventifact and which have been created as a result of occasional sandstorms in the area. 

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