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Al Kufrah Oasis, Libya


Green circles in the desert often indicate areas of agriculture supported by center pivot irrigation. The Al Khufrah Oasis in southeastern Libya (near the Egyptian border) is one of Libya's largest agricultural projects and is an easy-to-recognise landmark for astronauts in orbit aboard the International Space Station.


As only about 2% of Libya's land receives enough rain to grow crops, irrigation uses fossil water from a large underground aquifer. The Libyan government also has a plan called the "Great Man Made River" to pump and transport these groundwater reserves to the coast in order to support Libya's growing population and industrial development.

Image taken in

February 10, 2006


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