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Ouarsenis Range
Ouarsnis / الونشريس
Ouarsenis 2012, Wilaya de Tissemsilt (Algérie).jpg
View of the Ouarsenis Range near Tamalehat Commune
Highest point
Peak Mount Sidi Amar
Elevation 1,985 m (6,512 ft)
Coordinates 35°52′0″N 1°37′0″E / 35.86667°N 1.61667°E / 35.86667; 1.61667Coordinates: 35°52′0″N 1°37′0″E / 35.86667°N 1.61667°E / 35.86667; 1.61667[1]
Ouarsenis Range is located in Algeria
Ouarsenis Range
Ouarsenis Range
NW Algeria
Parent range Tell Atlas
Orogeny Alpine orogeny
Age of rock Miocene

The Ouarsenis or Ouanchariss (Arabic: الونشريس‎‎ El Ouanchariss or Al-Wansharis, Berber: Ouarsnis, meaning "nothing higher") is a mountain range in northwestern Algeria.


The range is located at about 80 km south of the Mediterranean, between the basin of the Chelif River in the north and in the east, the Oued Mina in the west and the Sersou plateau in the south. It reaches its maximum elevation of 1,985 m at the Mount Sidi Amar, near Bordj Bounaama at about 60 km west of Tissemsilt. Other important summits are Achaoun (1850 m), Sidi Abdelkader, Mount Tamedrara and Kef Siga. The mountain range area is inhabited by Berbers.[2]

Protected areas[edit]

Although part of its slopes have been used traditionally to grow cereals, the range still has relatively large natural Atlas cedar forests.

The Théniet El Had National Park is a protected area located in the foothills of the Ouarsenis Range.[3]

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External links[edit]

  • Media related to Ouarsenis at Wikimedia Commons