WHS set within or containing an "Erg". Defined in Wiki thus - "An erg (also sand sea or dune sea, or sand sheet if it lacks dunes) is a broad, flat area of desert covered with wind-swept sand with little or no vegetative cover. The word is derived from the Arabic word ʿarq (عرق), meaning "dune field". Strictly speaking, an erg is defined as a desert area that contains more than 125 km2 (48 sq mi) of aeolian or wind-blown sand[3] and where sand covers more than 20% of the surface." Provide a reference which demonstrates that the WHS includes such an area.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
'Uruq Bani Ma'arid "35 longitudinal sand dunes (‘uruq in Arabic) reach up to 200 km in length and rise up to 170 m in height." (AB ev)
Air and Téneré "The "live dunes" of the Téneré are an example of erosion under way the landscape is rapidly modified on a geological time scale by the displacement and deposition of sand" (IUCN eval). There is no Nom File but the actual word is applied on the Site's UNESCO page with a photo of "A dune sea (Erg) between Fachi and Bilma."
El Pinacate "the Gran Altar Desert, North America's largest field of active sand dunes and only active Erg dunes" (AB ev)
Lut Desert ".... 6 - Star Dunes With Cresentic Ridge (Central Erg), ......8 - Linear Dunes With Silk and Chaotic Dunes and Some Outcrop of Lut Formation (Southern Erg) ...." . From list of inscribed areas in Nom File
Namib Sand Sea Numerous mentions in the Nom File. eg "The ephemeral water courses flowing into the erg form oases sparsely marked by trees"


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  1. Not be "self evident"
  2. Link at least 3 different sites
  3. Not duplicate or merely subdivide the "Category" assignment already identified on this site.
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  5. Be explained, with reference to a source