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Impressive Waw an Namus – An Oasis in a Volcanic Crater

Waw an Namus is an amazing place on earth, an extinct volcanic crater, located in one of the farthest destinations in Libya, deep in the Sahara desert. The volcanic field is about 4 km wide and is surrounded by a 10 to 20 km wide dark-black deposit of ash that stands out against the yellowish desert.

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The apparent source of the ash is the 120 meter high cinder cone located on the floor of the caldera.

Waw an-Namus” means the “Oasis of Mosquitoes” or “The Crater of the Mosquitoes” because the surrounding small lakes are infested with mosquitoes, and due to this thing, the camping nearby requires nets or repellents.

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Another weird thing in the Sahara desert is the potable water that can be found near the salt lakes. This rare source of water feeds the lake and was used by travelers in the old days. Thanks to the fresh water, Waw an-Namus was always an important watering point for the canvas en route from Waw Al-Kabir to Rebiana and Al Kufrah oases further southeast in Libya.

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