Chott el Djerid


Joined November 2008

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We reached this location wich is a popular pitstop for tourists, early in the morning before all the tourist arrived. When the bus pulled over, everybody jumped out to check out the souvenirs they were selling next to the road. Me, I jumped down to the dried up lake and had the place all to myself and I was probably the only one that could take lots of pictures of this place without a single tourist in it! ;) Seconds later, 3 more buses pulled over and the lake started to look like an anthill…

Some facts from wiki:

Chott el Djerid (Arabic: شط الجريد‎ Šaṭṭ al-Ǧarīd), also spelt Shaţţ al Jarīd, Sciott Gerid, and Shott el Jerid, is a large endorheic salt lake in southern Tunisia.

The bottom of Chott el Djerid is located between 10 and 25 meters above sea level.5 Roughly in the shape of a tadpole, with a width of 20 km at its narrowest point, it reaches 250 km in overall length. At times, parts of it appear in various shades of white, green and purple.

It is the largest salt pan of the Sahara with a surface area of over 7,000 km2 (some sources state 5,000 km2). Due to the extreme climate with annual rainfall of only 100 mm and temperatures reaching 50 °C, water evaporates from the lake. In summer Chott el Djerid is almost entirely dried up, and numerous fata morganas occur.

During winter, a small tributary of water can be seen discharging into the lake.

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