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CHOTT EL JERID:
Dry salt lake
'Chott' is the word used in Tunisia for lakes that stays dry through the hot season, but which has some water in the winter. The largest, the Chott el Jerid, covers 5,000 sq km at the most, and lies in the middle of Tunisia, close to the Algerian border.

Chott el Jerid was some thousand years ago part of the Mediterranean Sea. The chott is easily accessed, as an elevated causeway has been built across it, from Kebili to Tozeur.

Most of the year the Chott el-Jerid holds little or no water, and can be crossed by foot or by vehicles. During these periods, the chott is cut by small creeks, transporting surplus water from the rainy season.

The chott has little economic importance, as its water is salty, and the immediate surrounding land, thereby, prevented from agricultural development. All settlements along the chott are located at a distance from the shore. There are no fisheries in the chott, as it is dry most of the year.

In the middle of nowhere in this dried salted lake I have founded these special WC.

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  • Copyright: Miguel Ferreira (miguelaferr) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 30] (191)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-08-01
  • Categories: Humorous
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-02-26 14:06
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