Wadi al Shatii District

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Wadi al Shatii (وادي الشاطئ)
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 Shatii (Arabic: وادي الشاطئWādī aš Šāṭi' ), sometimes referred to as Ash Shati (Arabic: الشاطئAš Šāṭi' ), is one of the districts of Libya in the central-west part of the country. Its capital is Brak. The area is mostly desert.

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

Wadi al Shatii District is named after the depression (former lakebed) of the same name, Wadi ash-Shati'. The depression extends east from the town of Umm al-'Abid to the town of Wanzarik on the west, a distance of about 140 kilometers.


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.


  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