El Djouf

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El Djouf

Map of the topographic features of the Sahara
Map of the topographic features of the Sahara
CountryMauritania and Mali
320 m (1,050 ft)

El Djouf (Arabic: الجوف‎) is a desert, an arid natural region of sand dunes and rock salt which covers northeastern Mauritania and part of northwestern Mali.[1] El Djouf is a part of the Sahara Desert in the north.

A meteorite of a rare type of carbonaceous chondrite was found in el Djouf in October 1989.[2]

Geographic features[edit]

The El Djouf consists in a typical African type of broad shallow sedimentary basin, separated by divides formed by fault blocks, plateaus and mountain ranges, where rock waste eroded from higher surfaces has been deposited at the base.

Other significant basins of this type are those of Lake Chad and the Victoria - Kyoga lake basin, as well as the Congo and Zambezi rivers.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ El-Djouf - Encyclopædia Britannica
  2. ^ Southwest Meteorite Laboratory - El Djouf 001
  3. ^ Martins, Lina, Krecek, Josef (Eds.), Environmental Reconstruction in Headwater Areas. p. 201

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Coordinates: 21°30′N 6°40′W / 21.500°N 6.667°W / 21.500; -6.667