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Wet Merzouga

One of the reasons I am so reluctant to call Erg Chebbi a desert is because on my previous seven visits to Merzouga it's been raining four times and hail storm on another. This time the rain had ceased the previous day but strong winds were blowing sand everywhere.

The water table is only a couple of metres down in many places. Normally the Ziz and Rheris rivers don't get further than Rissani, but the rainfall has been such that the seasonal lake, Dayat Srij, was filling up whilst I was parked there, see video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfH1zB1IDso

One of the fords I crossed on the way, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7kfqhcf7EY

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What a difference a few weeks can make!!

Dry as a bone when we were there in January.

Thanks for the links to the videos :-).

It is not rainfall alone that provides the definition of a desert http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert

We have deserts in Australia but they do get rain on occasion. It's amazing when a lake can appear and there are fish where there has been no water for years. It's an amazing world we live in :-).

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but the second video is not from the desert in Erg Chebbi, it is from the road after Skoura :), I had been traveled there maybe just the same day as Tim.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93DMEgjwr0g

Here are the most recent and accurate news about the rain and the lake in Erg Chebbi.

It has been raining a lot and came even hail before Ramadan last year. Since then it has not rained anything. First, it has been raining the night of 2/3 but it was just a few small drops.

As for the water in the lake so it is like this: they have made some kind of ducting that runs from the dam in Errachidia via Aufuss - Rissani and all the water go then to the lake here. They did so to eliminate the risk of dam failures causing flooding in Errachida and where around.

They use this water even for agriculture and also for the camels, because there is little water in the desert...

Edited: 8:16 am, March 09, 2013
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