The center and upper right of the enhanced satellite image is black sandstone rock. The site was first inhabited in the 12th century by a tribe from Mauritania.
The light blue and white areas are chalky deposits and salt crusts left behind after water in the area evaporated. The town today has an old part made up of semi-attached houses, granaries, mosques, baths, ovens, and shops, and a new part with a research center composed of a museum, zoo, and botanical garden.
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