- Northern Sudan

The volcanic field located in the Bayuda Desert lies within the great bend of the Nile and is 300 kilometres north of Khartoum. Discovered by aerial photography in 1920, the word Bayuda comes from the Arabic ‘abyod’ which translates as white, the contrast created by the black stone mountain and the light coloured sand.

This desert area within the loop of the Nile where the river appears to flow back southwards is mainly stony desert, but in the central part, there are various volcanic ancient black eruption cone-shaped formations and vast stretches with white quartz stones.

Here the desert has low lands and dry rivers or wadi, where camel-thorn acacia trees, grasses grow which are considered good pasture lands for the nomadic groups’ herds of the Bisharin tribe who live in small familiar clans in tents or huts built with dry wood branches.

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