National Geographic : 1924 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE sharp rocks and cut by deep crevasses. H This is the plateau of Tademait, char acterized by the remarkable black tint (or "desert varnish") of its rocks. The next 280 miles, through the sinister Ain El Gettara Pass and across the vast Slain of Tidikelt, were strenuous going. .2 The ground was covered with boulders, ,> difficult to clear, and a sharp lookout had g* to be maintained against marauders at o the same time. Tidikelt is a region of S mirages. .h ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME AT HISTORIC SIN-SALAH S At In-Salah, the succeeding station, the -3 convoy was met by the entire population, o waving palm branches and escorted by M a camel corps and Arab horsemen firing o salutes. This oasis is the last one in North xo Africa and a center for caravans from the z 2 o French Sudan, the Hoggar, and the Air. 37 After leaving In-Salah the tractors con . tinued over rocky ground, passing many w. carcasses of camels overcome by the sun Sg.' and the desert. The Christmas camp was "V 5 made in the blue mountains of Muydir, w5 on the edge of the Hoggar country, the -~ real center of the Sahara. Then the convoy entered the Hoggar a through a mountain pass, and beyond it . u lay perhaps the most perilous part of the u- journey-the almost waterless, treacher .5 ous Tanesruft, a region of sandstorms, ; boulders, and rocky valleys. S New Year's was spent at a well on the Sborderland between North Africa and 0 French West Africa. Then another stop j at Kidal, a small post in the southern ' Adrar (mountain) of the Iforas, and on S" through the Saharan region of the Sudan itself to Burem and the Niger. Here, for S the first time in history, the true liaison o between French colonies in northern and western Africa became a reality on SJanuary 4. The remaining stretch along the Niger west to Timbuktu (see pages 72-86) was easily made in 27 hours without a stop. As the convoy swung into the sand blown streets of the ancient capital amid the cheers of the natives, a new chapter in the history of scientific exploration was S concluded and civilization approached a S bit nearer to the heart of Africa's most ^ mysterious domain.