Africa

Egyptian Western Desert

In the desert of lost whales

West of the Nile opens an ocean of sand and rock called the Egyptian Western Desert. It is one of the most arid regions on Earth, a place where it rains once every four years. Where never ending dunes and white chalky rocks hide incredible golden mummies, discovered in Bahariyya in 1996. Millions of years ago, the Western Desert was really an ocean: its sea bed has now become depressions that conserve the biggest repository of fossil whales in the whole world. The ones who adventure in this mysterious land have always done so with fear and respect: pharaohs considered it the home of Seth, god of evil, while explorer László Almásy looked for the mythic Zerzura oasis here for years. It was he, earl Almásy, to inspire the character for the “the English patient”.

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