john tiong chunghoo

Freshman - 1,288 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Unesco Heritage Site Haiku - Lakes of Ounianga, Chad


Qunianga
we drive from
lake to lake

Quniaga lake travel
all the time we talk about
loch ness

Ounianga - the woman
decides to name children
kebir and Serir

Our lust - we opt for
the fish lakes first
then the algae

Submitted: Saturday, August 04, 2012

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The Sahara desert isn't known for its lakes, but the 18 interconnected lakes that have just been given Unesco status cover a total area of 62,808 hectares and have a maximum depth of 27 metres.

The stunning site comprises two groups of lakes 24 miles apart: the saline-based Ounianga Kebir lakes contain only algae and micro-organisms, while the freshwater Ounianga Serir lakes are home to a huge range of fish.

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