#31 Oasis’s in the Desert
Hello everyone! I am finally back to the blog writing again. I apologize for letting all of you waiting for so long. I am very grateful for what that is currently going on in my life and all the great people and friends I have met along the road of my life.
I got to start thinking about one of my vacations today. Actually the first longer vacation I ever had with my wife. We went to Tunisia and I remembered how great it was to en up at an oasis in the desert after going through a soaring 55+C in the Sahara Desert 🙂
I remember how thankful I were for the water coming out of a crack in the mountain wall when there were no other water for 100’s of miles in any directions!
So why should we be grateful for Oasis’s around in the deserts of the world?
- The provide life.
- They give us water.
- They help us survive.
- They are beautiful.
- They are stunning.
- They are green.
- They help people live out in the burning desert.
- You can travel to them.
- They help people getting food that lives there.
- It is exotic.
- You can cool yourself down there.
- It provides drinking water for humans and animals.
- It is fun.
- It is green
Is an Oasis a miracle preformed in the middle of the desert. I would say that gre greatness of a Oasis or a water hole.
I must say that they are stunning to see in the rocky, sandy and windy desert. You have a unique opportunity to see another beauty that is very far away from what other people are able to see.
What is an Oasis?
In geography, an oasis (plural: oases) or cienega (Southwestern United States) is an isolated area of vegetation in a desert, typically surrounding aspring or similar water source. Oases also provide habitat for animals and even humans if the area is big enough.
The location of oases has been of critical importance for trade and transportation routes in desert areas. Caravans must travel via oases so that supplies of water and food can be replenished. Thus, political or military control of an oasis has in many cases meant control of trade on a particular route. For example, the oases of Awjila, Ghadames and Kufra, situated in modern-day Libya, have at various times been vital to both North-South and East-West trade in the Sahara. The word oasis came into English via Greek ὄασις oasis, borrowed directly from Egyptian wḥ3t orDemotic wḥỉ. It was not borrowed from Coptic ouaḥe (*/waħe/), as is sometimes suggested; the Greek word is attested several centuries before Coptic existed as a written language.
Oases are formed from underground rivers or aquifers such as anartesian aquifer, where water can reach the surface naturally by pressure or by man made wells. Occasional brief thunderstorms provide subterranean water to sustain natural oases, such as the Tuat. Substrata of impermeable rock and stone can trap water and retain it in pockets; or on long faulting subsurface ridges or volcanic dikes water can collect and percolate to the surface. Any incidence of water is then used by migrating birds who also pass seeds with their droppings which will grow at the water’s edge forming an oasis.
Oasis are wast and beautiful and all over the world. Go explore the divine beauty!!
John Thore Stub Sneisen(c)