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Post by kosovohp on Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:36 pm

Chott Melrhir (Arabic: شط ملغيغ‎) or Chott Melghir is an endorheic salt lake in northeastern Algeria. It the westernmost part of a series of depressions, which extend from the Gulf of Gabs into the Sahara. They were created between Miocene and Early Pleistocene as a result of compression accompanying the formation of the Atlas Mountains.[4] With the maximum area of about 6,700 km2 (2,600 sq mi), Chott Melrhir is the largest lake in Algeria.[3] It lies almost entirely below the sea level, and the lowest point of Algeria, at 40 meters (131 ft),[5] is located near the middle of the lake. Its size varies over the year and is usually larger than 130 km (80 miles) from east to west.[6] The nearby cities are Biskra (60 km north-east), El Oued and Touggourt (85 km south).[7]

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