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There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.

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It’s located smack dab in the middle of the Sahara. - There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.

If you searched for the Sahara desert on Google Maps, you’d find a little speck that’s located in the desert. That little speck, though, is a geological and zoological wonder. If you were trekking through the desert, if you saw it in the distance you would think that it’s just a happy mirage…

It’s called the Guelta d’Archei and it is an oasis, (actually a guelta). A guelta is a type of wetland you will typically find in the desert. And what happens there is a beautiful miracle.

It’s located smack dab in the middle of the Sahara.
It’s located smack dab in the middle of the Sahara. - There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.
Photo: Google Maps

A guelta forms when underground water in lowland depressions spills to the surface and creates permanent pools and reservoirs.
A guelta forms when underground water in lowland depressions spills to the surface and creates permanent pools and reservoirs. -There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.
Photo: nationalgeographic

A guelta forms when underground water in lowland depressions spills to the surface and creates permanent pools and reservoirs. -There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.
Photo: Wikipedia

This one is located in the Ennedi Plateau, in north-eastern Chad, hidden behind a canyon.
This one is located in the Ennedi Plateau, in north-eastern Chad, hidden behind a canyon. -There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.
Photo: Flickr / linselys

This one is located in the Ennedi Plateau, in north-eastern Chad, hidden behind a canyon. -There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.
Photo: Flickr / boutriau

The cool waters are sheltered by sandstone cliffs.
The cool waters are sheltered by sandstone cliffs. -There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.
Photo: Flickr / a_bielecki

Hundreds of camels are grateful to be herded into the knee deep water.
Hundreds of camels are grateful to be herded into the knee deep water. -There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.
Photo: Flickr / josephescu

Hundreds of camels are grateful to be herded into the knee deep water. -There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.
Photo: Flickr / fabriceb75

You might not want to swim there, though, as the excrement from all of the camels has turned the water black.
You might not want to swim there, though, as the excrement from all of the camels has turned the water black. -There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.
Flickr / josephescu

In those black waters are Nile crocodiles.
In those black waters are Nile crocodiles. -There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.
Photo: Flickr / josephescu

The crocodiles feed on fish that feed on the algae that feed on the waters fertilized by camels.
The crocodiles feed on fish that feed on the algae that feed on the waters fertilized by camels. -There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.
Photo: Flickr / josephescu

It’s an amazing wonder.
It’s an amazing wonder. -There’s A Place You Can Barely See In The Middle Of The Desert. But When You Go Closer… AMAZING.

Photo: tekenessi

The oasis is a beautiful surprise in the middle of a vast desert, with an ecosystem of its own that is a little mind baffling. Click below to share this wonderful marvel.

Source: Amusing Planet Via Viral Nova
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