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The village is located on the bottom of Erg Chebbi, a Saharan erg in southeast Morocco near the Algerian border.

Erg Chebbi Erg in Morocco

Erg Chebbi is one of Morocco's several ergs – large seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand. There are several other ergs such as Erg Chigaga near M'hamid. Technically all these ergs are within an area of semi-arid Pre-Saharan Steppes and not part of the Sahara desert which lies some distance to the south.

Sahara desert in Africa

The Sahara is a desert located on the African continent. It is the largest hot desert in the world, and the third largest desert overall after Antarctica and the Arctic. Its area of 9,200,000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sq mi) is comparable to the area of China or the United States. The name 'Sahara' is derived from a dialectal Arabic word for "desert", ṣaḥra.

Erg (landform) A broad, flat area of desert covered with wind-swept sand

An erg is a broad, flat area of desert covered with wind-swept sand with little or no vegetative cover. The term takes its name from the Arabic word ʿarq (عرق), meaning "dune field". Strictly speaking, an erg is defined as a desert area that contains more than 125 km2 (48 sq mi) of aeolian or wind-blown sand and where sand covers more than 20% of the surface. Smaller areas are known as "dune fields". The largest hot desert in the world, the Sahara, covers 9 million square kilometres and contains several ergs, such as the Chech Erg and the Issaouane Erg in Algeria. Approximately 85% of all the Earth's mobile sand is found in ergs that are greater than 32,000 km2 (12,355 sq mi). Ergs are also found on other celestial bodies, such as Venus, Mars, and Saturn's moon Titan.

The most well-known nearby village is Merzouga. Other villages around the dunes are Hassilabied, Tanamoust, Takoujt and Khamlia.

Merzouga Place in Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

Merzouga is a small village in southeastern Morocco, about 35 kilometres southeast of Rissani, about 55 kilometers from Erfoud, and about 50 kilometers from the Algerian border.

Hassilabied is a village in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, 5 km north of Merzouga. Most people are here to take a camel safari into the dunes of Erg Chebbi, and to get a taste of remote (tourism-influenced) Berber life.

Tanamoust is located at the bottom of Erg Chebbi, a Saharan erg in southeast Morocco near the Algerian border.

Coordinates: 31°17′52.98″N3°58′30.54″W / 31.2980500°N 3.9751500°W / 31.2980500; -3.9751500

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