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Erg Chebbi (Arabic: عرق الشبي) is one of Morocco's two Saharan ergs – large dunes formed by wind-blown sand. The other is Erg Chigaga near M'hamid.
The dunes of Erg Chebbi reach a height of up to 150 meters and altogether spans an area of 22 kilometers from north to south and up to 5-10 kilometers from east to west.
The nearest sizable town is Erfoud, about 60 kilometers further north. One other city is Rissani, around 40 kilometers from Merzouga, and from the 8th to the 14th century there was a separate kingdom, known as Sijilmassa, which was prosperous due to caravan routes. Merzouga, the local tourist center, is located near the edge of the dunes. A number of companies offer camel trips from Merzouga and into the desert, taking tourists on overnight trips several kilometres into the erg, which is enough to bring the village out of sight.
During the warmest part of the year, Moroccans come to Erg Chebbi to be buried neck-deep in the hot sand for a few minutes at a time. This is considered to be a treatment for rheumatism.
In 2006 flooding adjacent to the dunes destroyed many buildings and killed three people.
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lousat (87108) 2013-04-10 2:17
Hi Janos,i been there 2 years and maybe this is the same man that i take in my pics..ehehe...this place is one of the best to take pics around the world i think,i like your classical composition,whit the long shadow on the sand and the best details and colors.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
dkmurphys (55861) 2013-04-10 2:54
A very artistic scene in great colros and dynamics. I like the presentation also. Well taken.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-04-10 6:22
like this! A wonderful observation and creatively composed minimalist shot. Love the contrast of colours that harmonise so beautifully, but is the sense of movement and shadow that make it so special. Bravo!
Regards - Brian.
rychem (32225) 2013-04-10 10:58
Eyecatching minimalist photo, great classic composition with the man in the strong point, well done
ourania (41194) 2013-04-10 11:58
a simple and well framed composition with a very special quality: it reveals more with time. First I was attracted by the rich, bright, contrasting colours, then perceived the sense of movement, the long gliding shadow, the details on the man and the textures and signs of the desert. A simple composition that gets richer while being viewed, surely attractive and interesting. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-04-10 17:26
Great color contrast and low light casting that incredible shadow through the shot are the elements that really work here, Janos. Really excellent high shutter speed to capture the movement crisply here as the man runs through the desert. the curving tracks in upper left add a nice bit of geometry as well. Thanks!