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Notes on the Geography of Oman: Tanuf

A large part of the water irrigating the date palms around Nizwa comes from Wadi Tanuf.  Take a look?

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There's an abandoned village where the wadi leaves the mountains.  Typical construction: cobblestone hull, mud-brick superstructure. But you have to admire the mortar-free construction.

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Nearby, a canal (said to be 300 years old) hugs the canyon wall behind a dry streambed.  

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A recent (1989) dam.  This is the upstream face, dry as a bone but intended only to slow occasional floodwaters and in that way increase aquifer recharge.

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Farther upstream.  Not very promising.

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Still, there's obviously groundwater.

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Surface water is so uncommon that the government grades roads right through the deepest part of the valley.

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The valley narrows.

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The road ends in a jumble with a continuing footpath.

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More signs of water--and of habitation.

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Irrigation channel, footpath, and fenced date palms.

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Room for a bit of field crops.

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Bananas!  Who woulda thunk?

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Cross-section from footpath down across arable land to wadi floor.

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Gen-set and diesel.  What for?

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To pump water into tanks.

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The settlement: a dozen houses, with greenery upstream and down.

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So much for ladders of palm.

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Roof-top terrace. 

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Above the village, the valley becomes a slit.

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Curiosity overcomes hunger: note how the fronds have been stripped wherever the goats could reach.

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End of the path: water between perpendicular walls.  The water was overgrown with... well, with a plant of some sort.

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Footing for goats.


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