The White Desert Of Egypt

13 06 2015
Rock shapes are seen in the White Desert north of the Farafra Oasis southwest of Cairo May 15, 2015. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Rock shapes are seen in the White Desert north of the Farafra Oasis southwest of Cairo May 15, 2015. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

The White Desert, about 500 km southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo, features limestone and chalk forms strangely shaped by the wind and sand, a terrain that gains in intensity when illuminated by the moon. Slightly to the north lies the Black Desert, given its name by the volcanic rock dolerite, similar to basalt. Four-by-four and trekking trips for tourists include Bedouin music around campfires and nights slept under a breathtaking array of stars. (Reuters)

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