@Georg Friedrich Ferdinand, Prinz von Preußen
The Sahara may be the largest desert in the world, but it is far from being as hostile as Antarctica or the Atacama. Its varying geography makes it rather diverse and it therefore has many oasises that are quite livable. The total vegetation- less sand sites may be nice photo or filming sites, but they are not the norm.
Many places there look like this:
With the valleys between mountains more like this:
"The Garamantes (Berber: iɣerman, "castles, cities") were an ancient civilisation based primarily in present-day Libya. They most likely descended from Iron Age Berber tribes from the Sahara, although the earliest known record of their existence dates to the fifth century BC. Little remains of their civilization, as their epigraphy is nearly indecipherable; much of what is known comes from contemporaneous Greek and Roman foreign accounts and modern archaeological findings.
The Garamantes emerged as a major regional power in the mid-second century AD, establishing a kingdom that spanned roughly 180,000 km2 (70,000 sq mi) in the Fezzan region of southern Libya. Their growth and expansion rested on a complex and extensive qanat irrigation system (known as foggaras in Berber), which supported a strong agricultural economy and large population. They subsequently developed the first urban society in a major desert that was not centered on a river system; their largest town, Garama, had a population of around four thousand, with an additional six thousand living in surrounding suburban areas.
At its height, the Garamantian kingdom enjoyed a "standard of living far superior to that of any other ancient Saharan society." The Garamantes annexed and dominated surrounding tribes and relied heavily on enslaved people for their prosperity. The state began to decline in the fifth century as their source of water diminished, causing their kingdom to fragment and ultimately become annexed by surrounding powers.
Until the mid-20th century, the Garamantes were believed to be a small and minor desert tribe. Beginning in the 1960s, archaeological excavations have revealed that the Garamantes were "brilliant farmers, resourceful engineers, and enterprising merchants who produced a remarkable civilization." [from wiki]
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