Bordj Badji Mokhtar

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Bordj Badji Mokhtar
ﺑﺮج ﺑﺎﺟﻰ ﻣﺨﺘﺎر
Town and commune
Location of Bordj Badji Mokhtar commune within Adrar Province
Location of Bordj Badji Mokhtar commune within Adrar Province
Bordj Badji Mokhtar is located in Algeria
Bordj Badji Mokhtar
Bordj Badji Mokhtar
Location of Bordj Badji Mokhtar in Algeria
Coordinates: 21°19′44″N 0°57′15″E / 21.32889°N 0.95417°E / 21.32889; 0.95417Coordinates: 21°19′44″N 0°57′15″E / 21.32889°N 0.95417°E / 21.32889; 0.95417
Country Algeria
Province Adrar
District Bordj Badji Mokhtar
Elevation 401 m (1,316 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 16,437
Time zone CET (UTC+1)

Bordj Badji Mokhtar (Arabic: برج باجي مختار‎) is a town and commune in Bordj Badji Mokhtar District, Adrar Province, in southwestern Algeria. According to the 2008 census it has a population of 16,437,[1] up from 9,323 in 1998,[2] with an annual growth rate of 6.0%, the highest in the province.[1]

Geography[edit]

Bordj Badji Mokhtar is located at an elevation of 401 metres (1,316 ft) in the Tanezrouft, a desolate and mostly flat area in the Sahara desert. The region is extremely sparsely populated with only four significant settlements in the Algerian part (the other three being Timiaouine, In Guezzam and Tin Zaouatine). Unlike most other towns in Saharan Algeria, Bordj Badji Mokhtar is not settled near an oasis but water is available from wells dug 400 metres (1,300 ft) underground.[3]

Climate[edit]

Bordj Badji Mokhtar has a hot desert climate (Köppen climate classification BWh), with extremely hot summers and warm winters, and very little precipitation throughout the year. Occasional showers and thunderstorms do occur from July to September due as the town falls under the far northern edge of influence of the West African Monsoon.

Climate data for Bordj Badji Mokhtar
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 26.0
(78.8)
29.3
(84.7)
32.7
(90.9)
37.0
(98.6)
40.4
(104.7)
43.5
(110.3)
42.9
(109.2)
41.9
(107.4)
41.0
(105.8)
37.1
(98.8)
31.5
(88.7)
27.1
(80.8)
35.87
(96.56)
Daily mean °C (°F) 18.7
(65.7)
21.4
(70.5)
24.7
(76.5)
28.8
(83.8)
32.6
(90.7)
36.0
(96.8)
35.6
(96.1)
34.8
(94.6)
33.8
(92.8)
29.8
(85.6)
24.2
(75.6)
19.9
(67.8)
28.36
(83.04)
Average low °C (°F) 11.4
(52.5)
13.6
(56.5)
16.8
(62.2)
20.7
(69.3)
24.8
(76.6)
28.6
(83.5)
28.4
(83.1)
27.8
(82)
26.6
(79.9)
22.6
(72.7)
17.0
(62.6)
12.7
(54.9)
20.92
(69.65)
Precipitation mm (inches) 1
(0.04)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1
(0.04)
2
(0.08)
6
(0.24)
17
(0.67)
10
(0.39)
1
(0.04)
0
(0)
0
(0)
38
(1.5)
Source: climate-data.org[4]

Transportation[edit]

Bordj Badji Mokhtar is very distant from other population centres, but the N6 national highway does connect it to Reggane and Adrar to the north and Timiaouine to the southeast. There is a border crossing into Mali about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southeast of the town.

Bordj Badji Mokhtar is served by Bordj Badji Mokhtar Airport.[5]

Education[edit]

1.2% of the population has a tertiary education, and another 4.4% has completed secondary education.[6] The overall literacy rate is 26.1% (the lowest for any commune in Adrar Province), and is 33.3% among males (the lowest in the province) and 17.8% among females (the second lowest in the province).[7]

Localities[edit]

As of 1984, the commune was composed of one locality:[8]

  • Bordj Badji Mokhtar

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Population: Wilaya d'Adrar" (in French). Office National des Statistiques Algérie. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Algeria Communes". Statoids. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  3. ^ El Hachemi (8 August 2006). "A la découverte de Bordj-Badji Mokhtar et Timiaouine dans le grand Tanezrouf" (in French). DjaZairess. Retrieved 31 July 2013. "Ici à BBM, l'eau, source de vie est difficile d'accès et pour aller la chercher, il faut des forages qui dépassent largement les 400 mètres." 
  4. ^ "Climate data for: Bordj Badji Mokhtar". climate-data.org. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bordj Badji Mokhtar Airport". OurAirports. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Structure relative de la population résidente des ménages ordinaires et collectifs âgée de 6 ans et plus selon le niveau d'instruction et la commune de résidence." (in French). Office National des Statistiques Algérie. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Taux d'analphabétisme et taux d'alphabétisation de la population âgée de 15 ans et plus, selon le sexe et la commune de résidence ." (in French). Office National des Statistiques Algérie. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Décret n° 84-365, fixant la composition, la consistance et les limites territoriale des communes. Wilaya d'Adrar" (in French). Journal officiel de la République Algérienne,. 19 December 1984. p. 1472. Archived from the original on 2 March 2013 or before. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 


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