Egypt Calcium Desert

           

 

 

  

 


 
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Those who visit the White Desert are totally fascinated by the strange forms of the chalk formations. This desert may easily be also called “the calcium desert” since these forms are the result of the calcium carbonate (the chalk) erosion by the wind. It seems that at its origins, about 45 millions year ago, the White Desert was part of a deep sea that held a huge deposit of chalk (calcium carbonate). The sea was covered with volcanic material and sand layers and the soft materials were eroded by water in its attempt to create caverns. In the end, these materials that covered the sea disappeared and the remaining chalk was eroded by the wind and transformed into the weird formations that can be admired today. Among the soft rocks are some intermittent deposits that contain remains of the old seabed shells, sponges, as well as remains of the worm casing. This last one represents the organic material which was replaced by the minerals brought by the volcanic material. The actual calcium deposits are large and high, giving those people who are in the white Desert the impression of an “out of planet world” where the snow, the ice and the warm temperatures coexist. In the White Desert, the big quantities of chalk are spread around and the red and yellow sand covers the chalk formations in big or small parts. From the ground the deformed and large structures looking like some stalagmites arises. All these things make you think that you are in science-fiction movie's scenery. The view becomes even more spectacular in the sunset, due to the clouds and the colors. So, if you want to take a visit to the fascinating Egypt, maybe you will include the “calcium desert” in your trip, for a lifetime experience.

 
 

 

Egypt Calcium Desert

 

 
   

 

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