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The remaining 90% of the Sahara is what is known
as hamada, which simply means rock desert.
10%
90%
This rock desert is
where people live.
hamada
Look at
the
amount of
rain
indicated
by the two
lightest
colors on
this key.
Throughout history, humans have
settled by water. It is fascinating
looking for evidence of this in this
desert.
There is evidence that prehistoric
people lived by water throughout
what is now southern Morocco.
Would you ever guess that
this used to be a wet enough
place to support a diverse
large mammal population?
Petroglyphs left behind by people who
lived here over 5,000 years ago provide
evidence that this did indeed used to be a
wetter place.
giraffe
elephant
Humans
from historic
times have
also
consistently
settled by
water.
For example, these are the
remains of a very old Jewish
village.
Modern cities
and villages in
southern
Morocco are also
built close to
water.
Many oasis in southern Morocco
are diminishing in size.
This restaurant is located at the far
end of an oasis that is drying out.
Photo by Kimberlee Johnson
15minute?
10
minutes?
minutes?
How long do
you go after
recess
before
getting a
drink of
water?
kindergarten classroom
in southern Morocco
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