Contest #790: salt ponds near Siwa, Egypt

Salt ponds near Siwa in northwest Egypt are colourful but are part of a salt mining operation that produces 250,000 tons of salt for various applications.

Found before the hint:

  • zorro the fox
  • Garfield
  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Eloy Cano
  • Graham Hedley
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • CuriousJM
  • Andreas Meister

None after the hint which reflected the fact that the oasis is known to have been settled since at least the 10th millennium BC, the earliest evidence of any connection with Ancient Egypt is the 26th Dynasty, when a necropolis was established. But Siwa was also the site of some fighting during World War I and World War II. The British Army’s Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) was based here, but Rommel’s Afrika Korps also took possession three times. Siwa is also prominently featured in Assassin’s Creed: Origins – quite a wide variety of interesting facts about the oasis.

3 Replies to “Contest #790: salt ponds near Siwa, Egypt”

  1. On occasion, we try to find a theme for a series of 10 contests – but 781 to 790 was not one of them.

    The previous series of 10 from 771 to 780 had a rough theme of “countries that have not been visited by the game” – but we detoured in a one or two individual contests.

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