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Qattara Depression

Qattara Depression (kätärˈə) [key] or Munkhafad al-Qattarah mŏngkhäfädˈ äl-kät-täräˈ, desert basin, c.7,000 sq mi (18,130 sq km), NW Egypt, NE Africa, in the Libyan Desert. It was long believed to be the lowest point (436 ft/133 m below sea level) in Africa, a record now claimed by Lake Assal, in Djibouti.

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