White & Black Desert

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White & Black Desert

Located in the Farafra depression, a small section of Egypt's vast Western Desert, the White Desert is located about 370 km south-west of Cairo.
White Desert National Park is located just slightly northwest of the central point of Egypt. The park covers an area of 115.8 square miles (300 sq km). The White Desert is part of the Farafra depression in the Sahara Desert. It also features the Farafra Oasis, the Ain El Maqfi Oasis, and the Ain El Wadi Oasis.

White Desert (known as Sahara el Beyda, with the word sahara meaning a desert). ... The desert has a white, cream color and has massive chalk rock formations that have been created as a result of occasional sandstorm in the area. The majority of the valley is devoid of vegetation desert today

chalk a soft white limestone (calcium carbonate) formed from the skeletal remains of sea creatures.
The snow-white desert is actually made of chalk that has been exposed for years to what geologists call "differential weathering," the erosion of soft particles that results in eerie protrusions of hard rock. These mushrooms shaped rock formations are ten to fifteen feet tall.

Sedimentary rock
Layers of sedimentary rock were exposed when the ocean retreated and a plateau broke down. Some stones formations resisted time's changes, giving the White Desert its distinct features and charm. Limestone figures are seen dotting the chalk-white landscape in any part of the desert.
The White Desert stretches for 50 km between Bawati and Farafra, or 70-120 km from Bawati / Bawiti. The most photographed area is the southern end closest to Farafra. As most tourists stay in Bawati they arrive to the White Desert in the late afternoon as witnessed by the.

The Black Desert is a region of volcano-shaped and widely spaced mounds, distributed along about 30 km in western Egypt between the White Desert in the south and the Bahariya Oasis in the north.

In fact, the park is home to more than 800 different animal species, many of them nocturnal. Included in this number are species from all groups of the animal kingdom: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and invertebrates.