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Tunisia

12.1 km (7.5 miles) NNE of Qasr al-Šaršāra, Tatāwīn, Tunisia
Approx. altitude: 33 m (108 ft)
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Antipode: 33°S 169°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: North #3: East #4: South #5: West #6: Road and houses #7: Water management 1 #8: Water management 2 #9: Well #10: Sheep and goats #11: Dam

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#1: General View

(visited by Nikolaus Bieger)

20-Sep-2006 -- Water in Semi Desert

Coming from Jerba I headed southwards with a Renault Clio to visit this confluence point. In Bin Qirdān (Ben Guerdane) I took the C111, which leads to Taṭāwīn (Tataouine). My Michelin map shows a none-paved road making a slope southwards some 15 kilometres west of Bin Qirdān. I did not find it. So I followed the C111 until my GPS showed that the point was in a right angle to the road about 2 km away.

There were car traces southwards; houses could be seen in the distance. I passed a building to collect water during the rare rains in the area. The water is caught by the two walls and runs though an opening inside. An access on the top allows to take out the water.

At the time I passed this was not necessary, because the well less than 100 m south-east from the confluence point was full to the top. Traces of sheep and goats showed that it had been used recently. I did not see any.

Another way to accumulate water in the ground is to catch it with little dams.

The point lies on the top of a slope 25 m above sea level. I reached there on 20 September 2006 at 11:20 h.


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#1: General View
#2: North
#3: East
#4: South
#5: West
#6: Road and houses
#7: Water management 1
#8: Water management 2
#9: Well
#10: Sheep and goats
#11: Dam
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