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Darktooth
3 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Day Two ; Locality Two (or Six if you include Day One:wacko:)

Black Sahara, South of Erfoud

20th February 2019

 

Well this is where things really get interesting, so stick with this thread as there are dozens of photos of fossils coming up. :D

Looks at the tags if you want clues.;)

I was up bright and early and wandered out at about 7 am to watch the sun rise over the still mighty Erg Chebbi dunes. 

And as night's candles were burnt out and jocund day stood tiptoe over the misty duney tops, the chaps came to join me and managed lots of photos. 

Here's one, if you would like to see more, I'm busy posting a kazillion of 'em under the Nature Photography thread. :rolleyes:

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UPLOADING LOTS AND LOTS MORE PHOTOS.

IT'S SO EXCITING ! ! ! ! 

Errr...... shouldn't you stick with one Topic at a time Adam? Now I have to wait.......:popcorn:

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abyssunder

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Brett Breakin' Rocks

The popcorn is flying .... is your connection slow there ?! 

 

It's so beautiful I can't wait to see what is next.  I'm loving this virtual expedition.....

51 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

I'm very methodical.

 

Thanks !

 

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doushantuo

That's two lovely people and a weird dude with glassesB);)

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Wrangellian

Loving it so far. I love desert shots, I guess because it's so different from my temperate rainforest home.

But the fossils can start any time, too. :fingerscrossed:

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Lihaaja

Eagerly waiting for more pictures.. :popcorn:

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Tidgy's Dad
5 hours ago, doushantuo said:

That's two lovely people and a weird dude with glassesB);)

Yeah, it surely can't be me, that fellow looks far too old. :)

 

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Tidgy's Dad
4 hours ago, Wrangellian said:

Loving it so far. I love desert shots, I guess because it's so different from my temperate rainforest home.

But the fossils can start any time, too. :fingerscrossed:

 

1 hour ago, Lihaaja said:

Eagerly waiting for more pictures.. :popcorn:

Patience chaps, enjoy the antici.............................................................................................................................................................................................pation. :)

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Ludwigia
10 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

LOTS OF PHOTOS OF FOSSILS TO BE ADDED.

FINALLY. 

:yay-smiley-1::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

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Darktooth
8 hours ago, doushantuo said:

That's two lovely people and a weird dude with glassesB);)

:hearty-laugh:

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DPS Ammonite
2 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:
2 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

 

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Park on the hard shoulder opposite the shop and then follow the rough track that is signposted "Des Fossiles" heading away from the road down a slope. 

Are most signs in French since most foreigners do not know Arabic? Do you negotiate fossil purchases in French too? In other words, what languages are used with the tourists wanting to buy fossils?

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ynot

Looking like the fun just keeps rolling along.....:popcorn:

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Jeffrey P

Thanks Adam for posting these. I recall fondly my own trip to Erg Chebbi 25 years ago. Back then the only way to visit was by jeep. I  hear there is a paved road now. It was quite an adventure. I stayed there two nights in a Bedouin tent and saw the dunes at both sunrise and sunset. I wish I had more time to go there when I visited Morocco last year. 

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Tidgy's Dad
On 3/17/2019 at 5:45 PM, DPS Ammonite said:

Are most signs in French since most foreigners do not know Arabic? Do you negotiate fossil purchases in French too? In other words, what languages are used with the tourists wanting to buy fossils?

It's a bit complicated. 

The people of the area are down south are a mix of Berber and Arab. They  prefer to speak only in their own language, but most can speak French (though far from all). Many of the shopkeepers have learned at least basic English, but as the many people are illiterate here and few foreigners speak Amazigh (Berber) or Darija ('Moroccan Arabic that doesn't even have a written form), the signposting is usually done in French as their written English is generally not up to scratch. 

I think. 

I negotiate in a mixture of Darija, French, English and a little bit of Amazigh. (Spanish sometimes up north). Depends on the situation and the vendor. 

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Tidgy's Dad
On 3/17/2019 at 7:57 PM, jpc said:

French is Morocco's colonial, and therefore official language.  Everyone speaks it.  And yes, it helps get the tourists into your shop.  (These are my educated guesses from experiences in Algeria and Niger).  

The official languages are Arabic and Amazigh Berber (recently added as half the population are Berber). French is not official, but in reality is used in most legal and educational systems though many are trying to change this as it is believed English is more useful in a global sense and that French rule is long gone and best forgotten. 

Science at universities is often taught in English, but there are not enough highly qualified teachers who speak good English to make a complete switch. It's estimated that English will be taught in primary schools instead of French beginning in about 10 years time. 

Algeria is switching much quicker to English in education. I've been to Niger but only briefly, so can't really say what they're up to.  

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Tidgy's Dad
On 3/18/2019 at 3:45 PM, Jeffrey P said:

Thanks Adam for posting these. I recall fondly my own trip to Erg Chebbi 25 years ago. Back then the only way to visit was by jeep. I  hear there is a paved road now. It was quite an adventure. I stayed there two nights in a Bedouin tent and saw the dunes at both sunrise and sunset. I wish I had more time to go there when I visited Morocco last year. 

The Erg Chebbi is most impressive and, yes, the road goes pretty close there now. 

There is a massive problem with littering, four wheeled drives and quad bikes destroying the ecology etc. :( 

Most of the 'Bedouin' tents and encampments are about as authentic as those composite Mosasaur jaws that one sees. It's all done for the tourists. 

When I went this time there were 210 'Berber' camps in operation in just the Erg Chebbi area. 

The week after I came home, the local government closed down more than half of them as they were operated by 'foreigners', people from Zagora, Marrakech etc. and were taking from the local economy, adding to the pollution and so on. There is talk of stopping this completely due to the environmental impact; litter, pollution, destruction of dunes, vegetation and wildlife, no proper sewage systems and so on. Trouble is tourism is a major source of income down here. 

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Welsh Wizard

Adam

 

thanks for all the really informative posts.

 

It’s a place I’d love to go to but it will have to wait until the kids leave home.

 

Nick

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Tidgy's Dad
2 minutes ago, Welsh Wizard said:

Adam

 

thanks for all the really informative posts.

 

It’s a place I’d love to go to but it will have to wait until the kids leave home.

 

Nick

Your time will come. :)

I never had children or baby goats. 

Far too selfish. :D

And thank you for your kind remark. :)

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