Tan-Tan

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Tan-Tan
ⵟⴰⵏⵟⴰⵏ طانطان
Tan-Tan is located in Morocco
Tan-Tan
Tan-Tan
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 28°26′N 11°06′W / 28.433°N 11.100°W / 28.433; -11.100
Country  Morocco
Region Guelmim-Es Semara
Province Tan-Tan Province
Elevation 167 ft (51 m)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)

Tan-Tan (Berber: ⵟⴰⵏⵟⴰⵏ) (Arabic: طانطان‎) is a city in Tan-Tan Province in the region of Guelmim-Es Semara in south-western Morocco. It is a desert town with a population (2004 census) of 60,560. It is the largest city in the province and second largest city in the region after the capital Guelmim. [1] It is located on the banks of the wadi Oued Ben Jelil, which flows into the Draa River 15 km north of the town. The Draa River, at 1,100 km is the longest in Morocco and flows into the Atlantic Ocean soon after the confluence with the wadi. The town also has an airport, Tan Tan Plage Blanche Airport.

History[edit]

Sahrawi tribal men performing fantasia at the Tan-Tan (Moussem) Festival in Tan-Tan, Morocco

The quartz figurine Venus of Tan-Tan was found in a river terrace deposit on the north bank of the Draa River. Dated between 200,000 and 500,000 BCE, it is considered one of the oldest human-form sculptures in the world, although its formation may actually be natural. [2]

Port[edit]

The nearby port, known as Tan-Tan Plage in French; Port of Tan-Tan in English; and El Ouatia, al-Watiyah or الوطية in Arabic is about 25 kilometres west from Tan-Tan on the Atlantic Ocean. With a population in 2004 of 6,294 [3] it is the second largest settlement in the province and ninth in the region. Both Tan-Tan and Tan-Tan Plage are on Morocco's main highway, the N1.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Tan-Tan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 21
(70)
22
(72)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
26
(79)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
27
(81)
26
(79)
20
(68)
25
(77)
Daily mean °C (°F) 15
(59)
16
(61)
18
(64)
18
(64)
19
(66)
21
(70)
23
(73)
22
(72)
22
(72)
21
(70)
19
(66)
15
(59)
19
(66)
Average low °C (°F) 10
(50)
10
(50)
12
(54)
13
(55)
15
(59)
16
(61)
18
(64)
17
(63)
17
(63)
15
(59)
13
(55)
10
(50)
14
(57)
Precipitation mm (inches) 10
(0.39)
10
(0.39)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
10
(0.39)
20
(0.79)
30
(1.18)
110
(4.33)
Source: Weatherbase[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Recensement général de la population et de l'habitat 2004". Hcp.ma. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  2. ^ "The Tan-Tan Venus". Donsmaps.com. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  3. ^ "Recensement général de la population et de l'habitat 2004". Hcp.ma. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  4. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Tan-Tan". Weatherbase.com. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°26′N 11°06′W / 28.433°N 11.100°W / 28.433; -11.100