Western Sahara

The Moroccan Wall

The controversial Moroccan Wall, or The Berm, is a system of 3m-high walls at least 2,500km long that was built to completely divide the entire country of Western Sahara. Constructed by Moroccan forces between 1980 and 1987, Morocco considers the…

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Monday, 23rd March 2009

Taijitu (Yin and Yang)

The Taijitu is far better known by the name of the principle which it represents, Yin and Yang – a concept originating in ancient China which describes all things as being composed of two opposing but complementary forces. From Wikipedia:…

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Friday, 29th September 2006

The Longest Conveyor Belt in the World

Guess where The Longest Conveyor Belt in the World is? Western Sahara of course. (More than half of the conveyor is in high-res, but the particularly cool section shown here has been captured in super high-res as part of the…

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Tuesday, 15th August 2006

Western Sahara Large Type

Despite Western Sahara being one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world (just over 1 person per square kilometre) Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) have been fighting since 1975 about who should control this territory.…

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Monday, 14th August 2006

Saharan Squares

Still in Western Sahara, here’s some weird squares which I can’t explain… Anyone? Thanks to John Seddon (I think, or it might have been Patrick again 😀 ).

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Friday, 11th August 2006

Saharan Shipwrecks

Er, Saharan Shipwrecks? Yup, shipwrecks in the desert! Okaaaay, so it’s the beach, but it is the Sahara Just down the coast there’s another wreck, and as I zoomed out from there I found a third! Flickr has a picture…

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Friday, 11th August 2006

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