I Found a strange and interesting linear structure in the extreme south of Libya. Partially covered by dunes, it is located in the southern part of the area anciently affected by the civilization of Garamantes to which it probably belongs. Any idea? Maybe an ancient commercial route?
This is what I found . They are an ancient irrigation system of the Garamantes . They're called Foggaras. When I searched for the ancient capital of the Garamantes called Germa today , I found them too : Foggaras in Germa.kmz (700 B)
Here's how they look like :
original description (flikr) : Foggara, underground irrigation channels constructed by the ancient Garamantian civilisation, taken from the escarpment above the town of Ubari. The lines on the ground surface are the spoil heaps from the excavation and maintenance of the foggara. Foggara enabled the Garamantes to thrive and pursue agriculture in this hyper arid region from around 500 BC to 500 AD.
Nice find, brunob and jamil. Once you get used to where these might be, you start seeing them across an enormous swath of the Middle East and China. In Iran, they're called qanats and in the Uyghur region of China they arekarez. Although it's an ancientmethod, many of these systems are still in use.
Thanks jamil for the information. I also found a nearby zone that would confirm this hypothesis. It is an area of about 2 km2 full of circles that are probably wells of water collection. You have to enlarge up to 500 m to distinguish them from the surrounding rocks.
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