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White Desert National Park – one of Egypt’s most spectacular landscapes, home to strange rock formations and snow-white sand

Baku, September 27, AZERTAC

Located just slightly northwest of the central point of Egypt, the White Desert National Park covers an area of 115.8 square miles (300 sq km).

It is part of the Farafra depression in the Sahara Desert and features the Farafra Oasis, the Ain El Maqfi Oasis, and the Ain El Wadi Oasis.

The park is renowned for the white sands, white sand rock formations, and the introduction to the Great Sand Sea.

The white sands manifest as piles and rows of white piles scattered across orange sandy base landscapes, as rock spires, and as other unusual white rock formations. The white sand and white rocks are comprised of either white calcium, quartz crystals, or limestone.

In many places, the collection of white sand appears like snow that has frosted the desert.

These white quartz crystals have created several unique picturesque rock shapes. The pinnacle white rock formation is known as Crystal Mountain. It is completely made out of crystal and features a hole through the middle of it.

The elevation of the park varies from 104.99 feet (32 m) to 1,158.14 feet (353 m) above sea level. The tallest point occurs at El Qess Abu Said. Some of the landscapes feature protruding orange-colored rock formations with white desert facets surrounding the base of each of these rugged rock features.

Along with protecting the unique white sands and rock formations of the Sahara Desert, the park also protects an array of wildlife. Some of the more popular species include barbary sheep, fennec fox, Dorcas gazelle, jackal, red fox, Rhmim gazelle, Ruppell’s fox, and Sand cats.

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