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Nu′bian Des′ert(n.)

  1. an arid region in the NE Sudan.

    Category: Geography (places)

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  1. Nubian Desert(noun)

    an arid sandstone plateau in northeastern Sudan between the Nile and the Red Sea

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  1. Nubian Desert

    The Nubian Desert is in the eastern region of the Sahara Desert, spanning approximately 400,000 km² of northeastern Sudan between the Nile and the Red Sea. The arid region is rugged and rocky and contains some dunes, it also contains many wadis that die out before reaching the Nile. The average annual rainfall in the Nubian Desert is less than 5 inches. The native inhabitants of the area are the Nubians. The Nile River goes through most of its cataracts while traveling through the Nubian Desert. This is right before the Great Bend of the Nile. The Nubian Desert affected the civilization in ancient Egypt in many ways. Africa's earliest known archaeoastronomical megalith was erected in Nabta Playa in the Nubian Desert in southern Egypt. The town of Abidiya is located nearby. This desert is the only habitat for the critically endangered palm Medemia argun, which only appears rarely in some oases in the desert. On October 7, 2008 the meteoroid 2008 TC3 exploded above the Nubian Desert.

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