Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Tassili n’Ajjer, Algeria

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2430

This site is located along the border between the provinces of Illizi and Tamanrasset in southeastern Algeria. The total area is 72,000 km2. The heritage site, which resembles the landscape of the moon, has important geological research value. It contains the world’s most important prehistoric cave artwork. More than 15,000 pieces of paintings and sculptures record climate change, animal migration, and the evolution of human life in the sub-Saharan region since 6,000 BC. Due to the weathering of sandstone, a ‘stone forest’ formed, which has high aesthetic value.

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