Egypt oasis risks becoming mirage

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L’oasis de Siwa menacée par la surexploitation des ressources eu eau

L’oasis de Siwa – Egypte © AFP PHOTO/CRIS BOURONCLE

Four days into the journey his men had run out of water. By the time they eventually stumbled across the oasis it must have appeared – as it still does – like a mirage out of the sand.

Today Siwa is a nine-hour drive from Cairo, across some of the most barren desert anywhere on the planet. It sits 18 metres below sea level, the main oasis surrounded by green desert islands where water naturally springs to the surface.

BBC News

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