Wadi al Shatii District

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Wadi al Shatii (وادي الشاطئ)
District
Country  Libya
Capital Brak
Area 97,160 km2 (37,514 sq mi) [1]
Population 78,532 (2006) [2]
Density 1/km2 (3/sq mi)
Map of Libya with Wadi al Shatii district highlighted

Wadi al Shati (Arabic: وادي الشاطئ‎‎ ), sometimes referred to as Ashati (Arabic: الشاطئ‎‎ ), is one of the districts of Libya in the central-west part of the country. The area is mostly desert.

To the west, Wadi al Shati borders the Illizi Province of Algeria. After the 2007 administrative reorganization of districts, it borders on the following districts:

Wadi al Shati District is named after the depression (former lakebed) of the same name, Wadi Ashati. The depression extends east from the town of Ashkeda to the town of Ideary on the west, a distance of about 140 kilometers.

Economy[edit]

The same district between 2001 and 2007.

In 1943, very large, but low grade, sedimentary iron-ore deposits were discovered in the Wadi al Shatii District near Brak.[3][4] Economically, it is only suitable for strip mining. There are also potential economic manganese deposits in the same area. The manganese occurs in lens or veinlets (up to 23% Mg) in the sandstones associated with the iron ore.[4] Millet is the primary agricultural export from the valley.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ before 2007 administrative reorganization
  2. ^ "Districts of Libya". statoids.com. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Mobbs, Philip M.(2000) "The Mineral Industry of Libya" U.S. Geological Survey Minerals Yearbook — 2000 United States Geological Survey
  4. ^ a b Goudarzi, Gus H., (1970) Geology and Mineral Resources of Libya — A Reconnaissance U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 660, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., pp. 2, 57, 63-69, OCLC 88823

Coordinates: 28°N 13°E / 28°N 13°E / 28; 13