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In Salah
Other spellings: I-n-Salah, In-Salah, A´n Salah





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In Salah

In Salah, Algeria.
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In Salah, Algeria.

In Salah, Algeria.
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Town and oasis in central Algeria with 35,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), on the arid Tadema´t Plateau, at an elevation of 275 metres, in Tamanrasset province.
The main economic activities of In Salah are related to oasis agriculture which is fed by artesian wells. The oasis has about 225,000 date palms. The main produce is dates, fruits and vegetables. It also serves as the centre for many nomadic Tuareg. The trans-Saharan caravan routes which used to be of great importance have declined into minimal importance in modern times.
In Salah is connected with other urban centres by a bitumen road. Gharda´a is 800 km north and the province capital, Tamanrasset, is 710 km southeast.
In Salah consists of 4 clay brick ksars, in colours of violet or red. Each ksar has a citadel.
Although in the middle of the desert, there are still 2 seasonal lakes 200 and 300 km to the southwest, the Sebkha Mekherrhane and Sebkha Azzel Matti. Both are fed by water from the Hoggar Mountains.
In Salah is a town on the edge of civilization in several ways. It is under constant threat from encroaching sand dunes, moving at a speed of 5 metres every year. Houses are covered by it every year and others are always in the process of being cleared from the sand. A cleared house is returned to its original owning family, even if it may have been decades since it was covered. Also the water is extremely saline, but it is used even for drinking by locals.




By Tore Kjeilen