Spanning a huge stretch of land across northwest Africa, the Atlas Mountains have proven to be some of the most popular with trekkers from all over the world. These peaks are magnificent to gaze across from afar – and, as it turns out, they’re rich in all kinds of useful minerals, too!
Regardless of your own sense of adventure, let’s take a look at some fun facts about the Atlas Mountains.
1. There’s lots to find out here!
2. Take a deep breath!
The air up in the Atlases is fairly unique. It’s a combination of mass between cold polar air from the north, and tropical, humid (and tremendously hot) air that drifts up from the southern side.
3. Standing on the shoulders of giants…
The absolute tallest of all the Atlas Mountains is Toubkal. It’s around 13,671 feet tall and just outstretches Timzguida and Ras Ouanoukrim, both of which make up the collective Ouanoukrim mountain. All of these peaks can be found in Morocco!
4. A true creature feature!
5. It’s a massive natural divider.
6. Is anybody there…?
The thickness of the Atlas Mountain spine can prove to be difficult to communicate through (as in, to submit signals via). Oddly enough, local people have come up with a few ways around this. Atlasians have created their own communication system so they can keep in touch despite the huge morass!
7. Five countries play host to the Atlas Mountains.
8. A whole city was lost here.
A city located in the heart of Tell Atlas, Blida, fell completely as a result of a devastating earthquake back in the 1800s. The city was completely obliterated, reportedly taking around 265,000 people with it.
9. Get lost… on purpose?
There are plenty of breath-taking trails and walks you can take across and around the Atlas Mountains, with Kasbah Aït Benhaddou being particularly interesting – it’s played a backdrop in various movies, including the smash hit Gladiator back in 2000!
10. The caves that time forgot!
Some areas of the Atlas Mountains are genuinely ancient. In fact, the Youssef Ben Tachfine, a cave found deep in the range, is said to date all the way back to mid-paleolithic times!
11. Parkland as far as the eye can see.
12. Morocco is reliant on Atlas peaks.
Morocco is already highly popular with tourists traveling from all over the world. However, much of its tourism comes from the Atlas Mountains – part of the country’s $6 billion+ tourism intake!
13. There’s more ranges than you think!
While we’ve been referring to the Atlas Mountains as a range, it’s technically four different ranges compacted into one. The Middle, High and Anti-Atlas range is found out in Morocco, while the Aurès and Tell Atlas ranges are shared between Tunisia and Algeria. Algeria does have an Atlas range all of its own, however – the Saharan Atlas peaks.
FAQs About the Atlas Mountains
Do people live in the Atlas Mountains?
Yes - the Berber tribes live in the Atlas ranges, and have done so for centuries - they’ve developed their own languages and communications systems along the way.
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