Chott El Hodna

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Chott El Hodna

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  • Area: 
    362,000 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    35°18'N 04°40'E
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Chott El Hodna. 02/02/01; M'Sila, Batna; 362,000 ha; 35°18'N 004°40'E. Part of a series of chotts created by waters descending from the Atlas Tellien to the north and the Saharan Atlas to the south, typical landscape of vegetated Maghreb steppe with seasonal brackish and saline lakes, pools, and marshes and freshwater springs. The peripheral zone of chott, characterized by wadis and oases, surrounds the central zone of the sebkha, with a complete absence of vegetation. The site is important for a number of endangered species, notably gazelles, bustards, and marbled teal, and also qualifies for the List for its significance as habitat for indigenous fish species. Human uses include pastoralism and salt extraction, and the area is home to Roman ruins and other archaeological remains. Potential threats include pollution from urban and industrial waste water; over-exploitation of water, salt, sand, and soil; over-grazing and deforestation for firewood. Ramsar site no. 1053. Most recent RIS information: 2001.

Administrative region: 
Wilaya de M'Sila,Wilaya de Batna

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