The Western Desert covers about 700,000 square kilometres and accounts for about two-thirds of Egypt’s land area. It spans from the Mediterranean Sea south to the Sudanese border and from the Nile River Valley west to the Libyan border.
Description Of Western Desert
- Western Desert of Egypt is an area of the Sahara that lies west of the river Nile, up to the Libyan border, and south from the Mediterranean sea to the border with Sudan. It is named in contrast to the Eastern Desert which extends east from the Nile to Red Sea. The Western Desert is mostly rocky desert, though an area of sandy desert, known as the Great Sand Sea, lies to the west against the Libyan border. The desert covers an area of 680,650 km2 (262,800 sq mi) which is two-thirds of the land area of the country ‘ Its highest elevation is 1,000 m (3,300 ft) in the Gilf Kebir plateau to the far south-west of the country ‘ on the Egypt-Sudan-Libya border.
- The Western Desert is barren and uninhabited save for a chain of oases which extend in an arc from Siwa, in the north-west, to Kharga in the south. It has been the scene of conflict in modern times, particularly during the Second World War. Quartz-rich sand from the Western Desert Egypt
- Western Desert is divided between various governorates; in the north and west, the Matrouh Governorate administers the area from the Mediterranean south to approx 27*40′ N latitude, and the New Valley Governorate from there to the Sudan border, while in the east parts of the Western Desert lie in the Giza , Fayum, Beni Suef, and Minya Governorate
- Over two-thirds of Egypt is covered by the Western Desert. Beginning at the west bank of the Nile the desert stretches west to Libya and south to Sudan, forming part of the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert that stretches across North Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. The desert is nearly always bone dry, but it is actually not lacking in water.
- Occasional rains fill huge underground aquifers beneath the desert, which occasionally break through to the surface. Just like along the Nile, water is the key to life here and where the water break through the surface thriving oases have formed around the springs. These isolated gardens in the desert have long supported substantial communities of people and substantial agricultural development as well as a culture unique from that of the Nile Valley.
- Egypt So this blog is the second part in Egypt’s Hidden treasures series talking about the goddess of Baharya Oasis “The White Desert”. As we told you before Egypt has a lot of virgin places that really little amount of people know about and our target in this series is to reveal this hidden beauty and get it to your screen, motivate you to go and see it by yourself and finally discover your own home country
- White Desert
- The White Desert is part of the Western Desert of Egypt, that makes you feel like you tarevelled back in time to stone ages again. Pure beauty in its most marvelous way. Well that feeling you get when you see it, like you went back in time millions of years is totally explainable.
- The White Desert is part of the Western Desert of Egypt, that makes you feel like you tarevelled back in time to stone ages again. Pure beauty in its most marvelous way. Well that feeling you get when you see it, like you went back in time millions of years is totally explainable. The White desert is formed by the ocean and the sea creatures that did exist 80 millions of years ago, which is a huge time ago . After millions of years and decades you can now just visit it in the 20th centuries, clearly see the fossils indicating the past life of this desert every where. Just astonishing piece of land and history you nearly had no idea it did exist here in Your own country Egypt, just 500 kilometres from Cairo .
Camping in Egypt
- And of course the cherry on top of the activities in the White desert is ” Camping “. Spending the night in a Million Star hotel is such an amazing experience that no one should miss. just you , your sleeping bag and the stars, those little twinkling lights billions of them right there above you will draw a smile of satisfaction on your face. The sound of silence around you will hit your soul so hard making you feel so energized and alive. As the sun sweeps slowly and gracefully, it will wake you up to the most graceful scene. The vast white area reflecting the shades of Orange and red will make your heart melt. In addition to that you will enjoy of course a Bedouin night that you have never dreamt of, the Bedouin songs, the camping fire along with the Delicious Bedouin food served that will make your day for sure
PLANTS IN THE WHITE DESERT EGYPT
- There are a lot of big chalk rocks in the White Desert. Low-level wind erosion is responsible for the formation of these magnificent rocks. Mushroom Rock, which resembles a big mushroom, is one of the most well-known rocks in the White Deserts.
- The White Deserts are a protected nature reserve, yet visitors from all over the world come to see the beautiful chalk rocks, which they frequently destroy.Rare vegetation, Acacia trees, and calcified trees can be found in the White Deserts. It also contains a lot of hot springs. Many animals on the verge of extinction can be found in the White Deserts.
- Egyptian gazelles, white gazelles, and rams are among these creatures. The white fox is one of the few animals in the White Deserts that isn’t on the verge of extinction. Many live things call the White Deserts home, as well as many dead ones. Rare caverns, graveyards, mummies, and carved inscriptions can be found in the White Deserts. Sahara el Beyda was the ancient name for the White Deserts. The sand in deserts is normally yellow, but it is white desert
- BLACK DESERTW indblown and volcanic
The Black Desert is a region of volcano-shaped mountains with large quantities of small black stones. The stones lie out across the orange-brown ground, so that it is not quite as black as many people may hope for. Especially after visiting the White Desert, which has formation that are really white, many will imagine a desert as dramatic as this.
Climbing one of the many soft peeks, the view from the top is really nice, with similar peeks continuing on into the haze.
- CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN
- Sparkling like diamonds
The name “mountain” is result of Arabic speakers using the word for mountain also for formations that are really small. The Crystal Mountain is not really a mountain, rather a rock or ridge.
But “crystal” is a correct description, and a stop here is definitely worth the time. Resembling the crystals of the Superman movies, the quartz crystals manage to fascinate most visitors. Although you should not break off crystals from the rock, there are plenty of loose crystals spread around on the ground. Walking away from the most frequented parts, there are crystal lumps as big as footballs.
There is also a natural arch here, man-high