Acacus mountains (UNESCO)

The Acacus Mountains form a mountain range in the desert. They are situated east of the Libyan city of Ghat and stretch north from the Algerian border about 100 km. Tadrart means ‘mountain’ in the native language of the area. The area has a particularly rich array of prehistoric rock art. The Acacus Mountains have a large variation of landscapes from differently coloured sanddunes to arches, gorges, isolated rocks and deep ravines (wadis). The area is known for its rock-art and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 because of the importance of these paintings and carvings.