- Ahaggar Mountains
oasisin the Ahaggar Mountains
map_caption=Infobox_protected_area | name = Ahaggar National Park
iucn_category = II
caption = Locator map
Tamanrasset Province, Algeria
area = 3,800
established = 1987
"This article is about the Ahaggar Mountains. For the tribe, see
Ahaggar Tuareg Tribe."
The Ahaggar Mountains (Tuareg: idurar uhaggar), also known as the Hoggar, are a highland region in central
Sahara, or southern Algerianear the Tropic of Cancer. They are located about 1,500 km (900 mi) south of the capital, Algiersand just west of Tamanghasset. The region is largely rocky desertwith an average altitude of more than 900 metres (2,953 feet) above sea level. The highest peak is at 3,003 meters ( Mount Tahat). Assekremis a famous and often visited point where le Père de Foucauld lived in the summer of 1905.
The mountain range is mostly volcanic rock and contains a hot summer climate, with a cold winter climate (temperature fall below 0°C in the winter). The mountains are young--about 2 million years old. Rainfall is rare and sporadic. However, since the climate is less extreme than most other areas of the Sahara, the Ahaggar Mountains are a major location for
biodiversityand host relictspecies. The Ahaggar Mountains compose the West Saharan montane xeric woodlands ecoregion.The main city nearby the Ahaggar is Tamanghasset, built in a desert valley or wadi.
Today, the Ahaggar region is a prime tourist destination in Algeria.
The Ahaggar massif is the land of the
Tuaregs or Kel Ahaggar. The tomb of Tin Hinan, the god believed to be the ancestor of the Tuareg is located at Abalessa, an oasis near Tamanghasset. According to legend, the origins of Tim Lam are from Tafilaltregion in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains.
It is also one of the national parks of the country.
Saharan rock art
*fr [http://www.cybersahara.com/article.php3?id_article=33 A website about the park]
* [http://www.unep-wcmc.org/wdpa/sitedetails.cfm?siteid=23177&level=nat Park data on UNEP-WPMC]
*coord|22|50|N|5|20|E (Location of the national park)
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