Photographer's Note


Tinghir located in south-eastern Morocco, south of the High Atlas and north of the Little Atlas, is part of the region of Ouarzazate.

The name originally referred Tinghir the mountain "IGHIR" which meant the shoulder Tamazight, but it has gradually expanded to bring together all the villages around and give this name to the whole oasis.

Natural geography

Tinghir is a huge oasis stretching about 30 km long and varies in width from a few kilometers upstream and 4 km downstream. The climate of eastern Tinghir arid subtropical regions, i.e. hot, dries winters plus costs, in relation to altitude (1430 meters). There are a few rainy days per year, the largest precipitation occurring in fall and winter.

Tinghir region is wedged between two mountain ranges, stretching over 700 km long, south-west to north-eastern Morocco: High Atlas north climax over 4167m (Adrar Toubkal). Little Atlas to the south which is the Adrar Sarhro continuity. This is called path-South Atlas, which is also the road from Ouarzazate to Imtghren. During the second era, this region has been periodically invaded by the sea, where thick deposits of sediments rich in marine fossils (ammonites are well represented). The uplift of the atlas, mainly during the Tertiary, causing the withdrawal of the sea and the deformation of the strata of rocks (folds, faults). Wind erosion and river eventually shape the desert landscape of limestone and clay. Todgha the river has widened over time these layers of rock, which gave rise to impressive canyons 300m high but only 10m wide in some places. Then the river widens and its banks to develop a green oasis (gardens, palm trees ...) edged radically with the colors red ocher of the desert stone.

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