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Chad: Natural Arches of the Ennedi

The Ennedi Range of Chad is a beautiful part of the Sahara Desert in the northeastern section of the country of Chad. Travel to this area is difficult and dangerous due to the country's poverty, lack of tourist facilities, political unrest, and highway banditry. The Ennedi contains hundreds of natural arches, few of which are documented.

Ennedi mystery

Arch hunter challenge: Please contact us if you can provide good photos and coordinates for the arch shown on the left which is "somewhere in the Ennedi." If anyone has more information about any additional natural arches in the Ennedi, please contact us as well.

Many thanks to Gunter Welz, Peter Felix Schaefer, Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg), Santiago Cordero, and others who helped us create this gallery. See also the Chad Tibesti Portfolio.

The 12-minute video The Towers of the Ennedi Desert shows climbing several of the Ennedi's rock spires including the spectacular Arch of Bishekele.

Arches are listed in order by NABSQNO (UTM coordinates), from west to east. Click on these coordinates or the thumbnail images on the right for larger photos (and more information or more photos where indicated). Arches with unknown locations are listed at the bottom (please let us know if you can provide a location).


34Q 490836 1952898 UNNAMED ARCH located in the Anoa region of the Ennedi, about 90 kilometers northwest of Fada. The larger opening is 16 feet high and has a span of 7 feet. Photo by Gunter Welz.
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34Q 494770 1962151 ANOA ARCH is located in the Anoa region of the Ennedi, about 90 kilometers northwest of Fada. The largest of the three openings is 55 feet high. The second largest opening is 40 feet high. Notice the person in the photo for scale. Photo by Gunter Welz.
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34Q 523088 1909041 LITTLE ALOBA ARCH is located in the Bichagara area about 36 kilometers west of Fada. It has a measured height of 128 feet and a span of 30 feet. Photo by Gunter Welz.
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34Q 540063 1900492 UNNAMED ARCH about 44 kilometers due west of Fada, Ennedi, Chad. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 540539 1878137 UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Santiago Cordero.
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34Q 541269 1877041 UNNAMED ARCH. This large arch is located in the Korokou region of the Ennedi about 32 kilometers southwest of Fada. Photo by Gunter Welz.
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34Q 545905 1882187 UNNAMED ARCH located in the Korokou region of the Ennedi about 24 kilometers southwest of Fada. It has a span of 33 feet and a height of 35 feet. Photo by Gunter Welz.
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34Q 546272 1866029 UNNAMED ARCH high on the skyline close to a 25-foot arch. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 546290 1865041 UNNAMED ARCH with an estimated 30-foot span. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 546321 1865937 UNNAMED ARCH with an estimated 25-foot span. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 546532 1865027 UNNAMED ARCH. Looks like a cave, but is an arch, 20 feet above ground level, close to a 30-foot arch. Estimated 15-foot span. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 548289 1867493 UNNAMED ARCH with a height estimated at 20 feet. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 548428 1867492 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH with an estimated span of 20 feet for the larger opening. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 550748 1867225 UNNAMED ARCH with an estimated span of 50 feet. Very hard to reach. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 551009 1887623 UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Santiago Cordero.
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34Q 551361 1867740 UNNAMED ARCHES up in the rocks. Notice the cars below. Below is a telephoto view. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 551475 1868188 UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 551501 1868107 UNNAMED ARCHES. Beautiful triple arch; third opening not in the photo. Larger span estimated at 35 feet. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 552964 1869022 UNNAMED ARCH. Estimated span of 50 feet. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 553153 1868742 UNNAMED ARCH. Estimated span of 20 feet. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 553796 1869570 UNNAMED ARCH. Inside and outside views. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 554714 1869957 UNNAMED ARCH. The larger opening in this double arch has an estimated span of 15 feet. The second opening is well below and slightly to the right of the larger opening. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 556358 1896218 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH. Photo by Santiago Cordero.
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34Q 556495 1870122 UNNAMED ARCH. Estimated span of 25 feet. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 556680 1869216 UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 556692 1869846 UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer, taken with a telephoto lens.
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34Q 558601 1865075 UNNAMED ARCH with an estimated span of 35 feet. A smaller opening is in the next rock to the right. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 558792 1865077 UNNAMED ARCHES in the same rock outcrop as the previous arch. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 560531 1856346 "THE AFRICAN WOMAN" carrying something on her head, Ennedi, Chad. Aerial photo by Pedro.
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34Q 566604 1866839 UNNAMED ARCHES. Photos by Santiago Cordero. MORE.
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34Q 566612 1866732 UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Santiago Cordero.
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34Q 566700 1850560 UNNAMED ARCHES. Photo by Santiago Cordero.
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34Q 566844 1850355 UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 567224 1850244 UNNAMED ARCHES. Photo by Santiago Cordero.
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34Q 569470 1859593 UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 569681 1848795 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 571052 1854669 UNNAMED ARCH with an estimated 90-foot span. The presence of a wash under the span, as can be seen in the photo below, indicates that this could be considered a natural bridge. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 571221 1854971 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 571248 1858160 UNNAMED ARCH with an estimated span of 15 feet. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 571760 1848258 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH in Terkei Massif, Ennedi, Chad. The larger opening has an estimated height of 42 feet. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 571828 1862849 MASK ROCK is located in the Ouadi Archei region of Ennedi about 39 kilometers SSE of Fada. The left opening has a span of 36 feet and a height of 57 feet. The right opening has a span of 27 feet and a height of 50 feet. Photo by Gunter Welz.
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34Q 573266 1849649 UNNAMED ARCH located in the Terkei region of Ennedi. It has a span of 39 feet and a height of 67 feet. Photo by Gunter Welz.
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34Q 579721 1859883 Although this likely does not qualify as a true natural arch, we liked it anyway so are including it here. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 579869 1864322 UNNAMED ARCHES. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 585793 1852873 UNNAMED ARCH with an estimated span of 15 feet. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 0587062 1854309 UNNAMED ARCH with an estimated height of 25 feet. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 587224 1854016 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH with an estimated span of 20 feet. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 587313 1854533 UNNAMED ARCH with an estimated height of 45 feet. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 587512 1854560 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH. Below is a closer view of the larger opening. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 588329 1854514 UNNAMED ARCH with an estimated span of 40 feet. Several tombs are nearby. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 588589 1854880 UNNAMED ARCH. Estimated span of 7 feet. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 588596 1854326 THE EYE OF TOKOU is located in the middle of the Tokou massif south of Ouadi Nohi. The estimated span is 45 feet and the estimated height is 66 feet. Notice the person inside the opening for scale. Photo courtesy of Dr. Rolf Windheim. Aerial photo by Pedro. MORE.
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34Q 588673 1855009 UNNAMED ARCHES. Wall contains 7+ openings with estimated spans of 7 to 10 feet. Photo below shows view through one of these to another arch. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 588909 1855223 UNNAMED ARCHES. Wall contains 4+ openings. Top photo shows a view of the Eye of Tokou. This arch has an estimated span of 13 feet. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 589045 1854882 UNNAMED ARCHES with an estimated span of 20 feet. Notice the person in the lower opening for scale. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 589164 1855576 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH with an estimated height of 25 feet. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 589250 1854180 UNNAMED ARCH in the Tokou region, Ennedi, Chad. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer. Located close to Three Arch Rock as can be seen in the aerial photo by Pedro. MORE.
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34Q 589344 1854076 UNNAMED ARCH close to Three Arch Rock. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 589356 1854055 THREE ARCH ROCK in the Tokou region, Ennedi, Chad. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. Aerial photo by Pedro shows another arch nearby. MORE.
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34Q 589440 1853233 ELEPHANT ARCH is located on the Tokou massif south of Ouadi Nohi. The span was measured at 59 feet and the height was measured at 75 feet. Notice the smaller opening in the upper left (the "eye" of the elephant). Photo by Gunter Welz. Aerial photo by Pedro. MORE.
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34Q 589676 1855430 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH with an estimated span of 15 feet (lower opening). Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 590323 1861354 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH with an estimated span of 20 feet (larger opening). Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. MORE.
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34Q 590377 1859688 UNNAMED ARCHES with an estimated height of 25 feet (larger opening). Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 590535 1853812 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH with an estimated span of 15 feet (larger opening). Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. Aerial photo by Pedro shows a large arch nearby. MORE.
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34Q 590654 1853740 UNNAMED ARCH with an estimated height of 95 feet. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. Aerial photo by Pedro shows another arch nearby. MORE.
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34Q 590982 1864060 UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 591047 1863908 UNNAMED ARCHES located in the Labyrinth region of Ennedi about 46 kilometers southeast of Fada. There are two arches in this photo. The one in the foreground has a measured height of 54 feet. The one in the background has a measured height of 26 feet. Photo by Gunter Welz.
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34Q 591047 1864210 UNNAMED ARCH located in the Labyrinth region of Ennedi about 46 kilometers southeast of Fada. It is located about 300 meters north of another arch. It has a span of 32 feet and a height of 24 feet. Photo by Gunter Welz.
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34Q 592720 1861384 UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 598406 1855920 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH in Bamena Massif, Ennedi, Chad. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 600476 1853963 UNNAMED ARCH in Bamena Massif, Ennedi, Chad. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 611415 1836648 THE CYCLOPS is the guardian of the entrance to the Ennedi, Chad. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show). Aerial photo by Pedro. MORE.
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34Q 612502 1842318 UNNAMED ARCH with an estimated span of 70 feet in Bamena Massif, Ennedi, Chad. Photos by Peter Felix Schaefer. Aerial photo by Pedro. MORE.
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34Q 614470 1843072 UNNAMED ARCH near Five Arch Rock in the Sombora region of Ennedi. It has a span of 35 feet and a height of 72 feet. Photo by Gunter Welz.
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34Q 614647 1843327 UNNAMED ARCH in Vers Anoko area near Five Arch Rock, Ennedi, Chad. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 614652 1843286 FIVE ARCH ROCK is located in the Sombora region of Ennedi, in a side valley of Oued Sini on the west side of Anoko Mountain, about 10 miles southwest of Aloba Arch. MORE.
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34Q 615980 1842318 UNNAMED ARCH about a 15-minute walk southeast of Five Arch Rock, Ennedi, Chad. Photo by Peter Felix Schaefer.
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34Q 625510 1857392 UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 628864 1856338 UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 628975 1856222 DENTELLES ARCHES in Oued Aloba (Aloba Wash), Ennedi, Chad. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 632118 1851327 ALOBA ARCH is one of the most magnificent natural arches in the world and one of the listed Giant Arches over 200 feet in span. MORE (use the back button to return to this page).
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34Q 639678 1848914 UNNAMED DOUBLE ARCH. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show).
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34Q 641224 1829851 THE ARCH OF BISHEKELE is located near Djoula Oued ("oued" is the Arabic word for "wash") in the Djoula region of the Ennedi area of Chad. It has a measured span of 46 feet and a measured height of 107 feet. MORE.
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34Q 642200 1831977 MONOU'S DOOR, Monou area, Ennedi, Chad. Aerial photo by Pedro.
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34Q 642581 1843283 UNNAMED ARCH located in the Cheghela region of the Ennedi, about 13 kilometers SE of Aloba Arch. The height is 21 feet. Photo by Gunter Welz.
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34Q 642834 1827850 ELEPHANT ARCH II is in the Ba Chikele region of the Ennedi. It has a measured height of 94 feet and an estimated span of 15 feet. Photo by Gunter Welz.
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Arches with unknown locations:

UNNAMED ARCH. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show). If you can provide coordinates for this arch, please contact webmaster@naturalarches.org.
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UNNAMED ARCH. Similar to this arch but definitely not the same one. Photo by Jacques Taberlet (Fouderg - view his Ennedi slide show). If you can provide coordinates for this arch, please contact webmaster@naturalarches.org.
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UNNAMED ARCH. A particularly nice example of an abandoned natural arch in Chad is shown here. Photo (copyright retained) by Sian Pritchard-Jones of www.expeditionworld.com. If you can provide coordinates for this arch, please contact webmaster@naturalarches.org.
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ELEPHANT ARCH III, Ennedi, Chad. Aerial photo by Pedro. Pedro found this one while looking for Elephant Arch II and thought this was it. However, it is clearly a different arch, presumably located somewhere near Elephant Arch II, but we don't know where. If you can provide coordinates for this arch, please contact webmaster@naturalarches.org.
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See also the Chad Tibesti Portfolio

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