Ouargla Province

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Ouargla Province
ولاية ورقلة
Province
Map of Algeria highlighting Ouargla
Map of Algeria highlighting Ouargla
Coordinates: 31°57′N 5°19′E / 31.950°N 5.317°E / 31.950; 5.317Coordinates: 31°57′N 5°19′E / 31.950°N 5.317°E / 31.950; 5.317
Country  Algeria
Capital Ouargla
Area
 • Total 211,980 km2 (81,850 sq mi)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 552,539
 • Density 2.6/km2 (6.8/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Area Code +213 32
ISO 3166 code DZ-30
Districts 10
Municipalities 21

Ouargla or Warqla (Arabic: ولاية ورقلة‎) is a province (wilaya) in eastern Algeria. Its capital is Ouargla. Other localities include Touggourt, and Hassi Messaoud. It contains the Issaouane Erg desert.

History[edit]

In the past Ouargla was the center of trading of gold and slaves,[citation needed] as well as being an important center of the Kharijite sect Ibadi. However, the Ibadis have left for the M'zab valley.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The province is divided into 10 districts (daïras), which are further divided into 21 communes or municipalities.[2]

Districts[edit]

Communes[edit]

Geology[edit]

The region lies within the Algerian Triassic Sedimentary basin containing numerous oil and gas fields.[3] Production is from Triassic sandstones with Andesitic seals and the Gothlandian shale as a source rock.[4] Major fields include the Hassi R'Mel gas field, Haoud-Berkaolu, Ben-Kahla, and the Guellala.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Office National des Statistiques, Recensement General de la Population et de l’Habitat 2008 Preliminary results of the 2008 population census. Accessed on 2008-07-02.
  2. ^ "Official website of the province of Ouargla - state" (in Arabic). Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Hamouda, A., 1980, Petroleum Potential-Ourgla Region Triassic Basin, Algeria, in Giant Oil and Gas Fields of the Decade: 1968-1978, AAPG Memoir 30, Halbouty, M.T., editor, Tulsa: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, ISBN 0891813063, p. 539
  4. ^ a b Hamouda, A., 1980, Petroleum Potential-Ourgla Region Triassic Basin, Algeria, in Giant Oil and Gas Fields of the Decade: 1968-1978, AAPG Memoir 30, Halbouty, M.T., editor, Tulsa: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, ISBN 0891813063, p. 540