(Issued 07-09-2004) and
50th Anniversary of the First Chinese Medical Team in Algeria
Tassili n'Ajjer meaning "Plateau of the Rivers" is a mountain range in the Algerian section of the Sahara Desert. It is a vast plateau in south-east Algeria at the borders of Libya and Niger, covering an area of 72,000 km2.
Located in a strange lunar landscape of great geological interest, this site has one of the most important groupings of prehistoric cave art in the world. More than 15,000 drawings and engravings record the climatic changes, the animal migrations and the evolution of human life on the edge of the Sahara from 6000 BC to the first centuries of the present era.
The geological formations are of outstanding scenic interest, with eroded sandstones forming ‘forests of rock’.
On the UNESCO WHS list since 1982