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Thursday, 28 March 2013 09:34

Natural Landmarks

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With the sun shining every day and a surprisingly rich ecology, Qatar offers an engaging natural environment to explore.  The surrounding desert provides a great deal of interest and adventure with such natural landmarks as the Dhal Al Misfir, Desert Roses and the Singing Sand Dunes.
 
Dhal Al Misfir
Dhal Al Misfir is a 40 meter deep cave formation located north of the Salwa Road, with fiberous gypsum crystal.
 
Desert Roses
The low salt flats near Al Shahaniya and north of the Saudi border are collecting grounds for those willing to dig for the attractive gypsum formations known as ‘desert roses’.
 
The Singing Sand Dunes (40 km southwest of Doha)
There are certain conditions in which the movement of sand grains can create a low murmur or ‘singing’ – a phenomenon often reported by desert explorers. Qatar is fortunate in having sand with the right abrasive qualities in an area that also experiences the necessary wind and moisture conditions to create this wonderful if weird effect. While the ‘singing’ occurs naturally, it can be triggered by sliding down the face of the dune or running along its crest, whereupon each footstep creates a humming that cannot only be heard but also felt as a vibration through the feet.
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