Tag: EG – Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)

Wadi al-Hitan: 50 Million Years of Egypt; Mona Abdou; Egyptian Streets

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Bedded in the sands of Al-Fayoum is a different understanding of Egyptian history; here, there are no temple tracks and incense, no inked Coptic and no anthan.

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Egypt’s Wadi Al-Hitan to Develop Nation’s First Green Road; John Bichara; Cairo Scene

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At a length of 34 kilometres, the construction of Wadi Al-Hitan’s green road will rely on recycling and utilise a special emulsion that mixes with soil to cut down on heat emissions.

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Fayoum Oasis: Egypt’s best kept secret; Elhab Borale; CNN

This desert oasis with a magical lake, cascading waterfalls, and a valley of ancient whales is one of Egypt’s hidden treasures.

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When Whales Walked An Ancient Ocean In Egypt’s Desert; Outlook Traveller

The Egyptian desert holds the secret to an important link in the story of evolution…

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10 Amazing Fossils Found In The Sahara Desert; Erich Soders; Listverse

Deserts are typically portrayed as empty wastelands. Although their surface does not have a lot to offer, there is plenty to discover underneath. Archeologists…

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Egypt’s Best Camping Spots; Mohammed Kotb; Scoop Empire

The world population is expected to hit 10 billion people by 2050, limiting natural resources more than ever. Statistics show that as our numbers grow,…

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Wadi El Hitan in Egypt’s Faiyum; Anadolu Agency

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Evolution World Tour: Wadi Hitan, Egypt; Abigail Tucker; Smithsonian Magazine

Egypt – Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)

In Egypt’s Western Desert, evidence abounds that before they were the kings of the ocean, whales roamed the earth on four legs.

In 1902, a team of geologists guided their camels into a valley in Egypt’s Western Desert—a desolate, dream-like place. Centuries of strong wind had sculpted sandstone rocks into alien shapes, and at night the moonlight was so bright that the sand glowed like gold. There was no water for miles. A nearby hill was known as “Mountain of Hell” because of the infernal summer heat.

Yet in this parched valley lay the bones of whales.

Some of the skeletons were 50 feet long, with vertebrae as thick as campfire logs. They dated back 37 million years, to an era when a shallow, tropical sea covered this area and all of northern Egypt.

 

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