Landscape of the stony desert known as Reg de l'Adrar
Location of the Adrar in central Mauritania
|Elevation||340 m (1,120 ft)|
The Adrar (Berber: , lit. mountain) is a highland natural and historical region of the Sahara Desert in northern Mauritania. The Adrar Region, an administrative division of Mauritania, is named after the traditional region.
- Geography 1
- History 2
- Features of the Adrar 3
- See also 4
- References 5
- External links 6
The Adrar is an arid sand dunes. Nearby is also the famous Richat Structure. Structurally the Adrar is a low central massif with conspicuous cliffs. There is no water in the central area of the plateau and cultivation is not possible; only at the edges there is enough water to support palm groves.
The Adrar region is home to a small human population, centered on the town of Atar. The ancient town of Ouadane, formerly an important caravan and gold-trading centre, is located on the southern edge of the Adrar. Chinguetti is another important historical town in the region.
Beginning in the mid-17th century, migrants from the Adrar Plateau region moved into the Tagant Plateau and displaced the native population.
Features of the Adrar
- EB, Adrar
- James L. A. Webb , Desert Frontier: Ecological and Economic Change Along the Western Sahel. p.50
- UNESCO: "Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata"
- The Adrar - Lonely Planet