Qattara Depression


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Qattara Depression

(kätär`ə) or

Munkhafad al-Qattarah

(mo͝ongkhäfäd` äl-kät-tärä`), desert basin, c.7,000 sq mi (18,130 sq km), NW Egypt, NE Africa, in the Libyan Desert. It was long believed to be the lowest point (436 ft/133 m below sea level) in Africa, a record now claimed by Lake Assal, in Djibouti.

Qattara Depression

 

a waterless depression in the north Libyan Desert in Africa, in Egypt. Area, 19, 500 sq km. From the north and the west it is framed by limestone precipices with elevations as high as 100 m; near these precipices are the lowest sections of the bottom lands (133 m below sea level), occupied by salt marshes. To the east and south the bottom gradually rises; clay plains appear along with sand dunes.

Qattara Depression

an arid basin in the Sahara, in NW Egypt, impassable to vehicles. Area: about 18 000 sq. km (7000 sq. miles). Lowest point: 133 m (435 ft.) below sea level
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The Toshka, Qattara Depression and Golden Triangle projects
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One of the many promising projects that could introduce tremendous change to life of Egypt is that of the Qattara Depression in the Western Desert, south of the Mediterranean North Coast, for which innumerable studies were conducted indicating its eminent feasibility.
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Unfortunately, no one in authority considered implementing his project or even conducting a feasibility study for it or linking it with another suggested project for utilising the Qattara Depression.
In 1988, Shell had a major gas discovery in the north between the Qattara Depression and Lake Qarun.
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1997, IEOC began producing 3,800 b/d from its first oil well in the Western Desert's Qattara depression, where the field's reserves were then est.
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