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Gaberoun Oasis

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HISTORY

Gaberoun Oasis, a large lake in the Idehan Ubari desert region of the Fezzan region in southwestern Libya, with a rudimentary tourist camp, complete with a handful of sleeping huts and a small market.

WHY THIS PLACE

It is an inspiring natural art formed deep in the Libyan Desert, which managed to survive the Great Sahara's harsh conditions and sand effects throughout the age. The lake stands as a precious blue diamond amid the golden dunes, with palm trees on one side and on the ruins of the old village on the other. Its unique features made it one of the rarest lakes in the world; the gaseous water and the high salt content that levels to nearly five times more saline to seawater enables swimmers to float easily, without any effort, even when throwing in tons of iron, the metal remains floating on the surface.

CURIOSITIES

Amazingly beside the lake you can dig up by hand, some cool fresh water, which explains the growing palm trees on its side. All that, and more, makes of it a top tourist attraction in Libya. The lake is about 7.5 meters deep, oddly cooler on the surface than it is in a meter and half below, where it becomes significantly hotter than water depth increases.

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