Waw an Namus

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Waw an Namus
Waw An Namus - STS052.JPG
Waw An Namus, viewed from the Space Shuttle, 25 October 1992
Elevation 547 m (1,795 ft)
Location
Waw an Namus is located in Libya
Waw an Namus
Waw an Namus
Location in Libya
Location Libya
Coordinates 24°55′0″N 17°46′0″E / 24.91667°N 17.76667°E / 24.91667; 17.76667Coordinates: 24°55′0″N 17°46′0″E / 24.91667°N 17.76667°E / 24.91667; 17.76667
Geology
Type Caldera and volcanic field
Last eruption Unknown

Waw an Namus (also spelled Wau-en-Namus, Arabic: واو الناموس‎ - Oasis of Mosquitoes[1]) is a volcanic field, cone and caldera in the southern Fezzan region of southern Libya. It is in the near-geographic center of the Sahara Desert.

Description[edit]

The inside of the caldera houses an oasis of rich foliage and three small salt lakes of variable color which are the reason for the volcano's name. A volcanic field of dark basaltic tephra flow extends 10–20 kilometres (6.2–12.4 mi) around the caldera.[2] The dark field's vast size allows it to be easily seen from space.

Access[edit]

Waw an Namus is an increasingly popular local tourist attraction.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=225008 The Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program (GVP) - Wau-en-Namus. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  2. ^ http://www.volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=225008 The Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program (GVP) - Wau-en-Namus. Retrieved 2014-01-17.


External links[edit]

Waw an Namus, with one of its three crater lakes.
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