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The Atlas Mountains are the tallest mountain range in North Africa. They stretch about 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers) from Western Sahara in the south through Morocco and Algeria to Tunisia in the north, and separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastal plains from the Sahara Desert. Their name probably derives from the Berber word adras, which means "mountain".

The Atlas Mountains are made up of three major ranges which include the High Atlas, the Middle Atlas, and the Anti-Atlas. The High Atlas lies entirely within Morocco, and contains ten peaks over 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) in height, including 13,671-foot (4,167-meter) Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. The Middle Atlas is north of the High Atlas, and stretches from central and northern Morocco into Algeria and Tunisia. Its highest point is 10,991 feet (3,350 meters). The Anti-Atlas is to the south of the High Atlas, and stretches into the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Its highest point is 8,304 feet (2,531 meters).

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  • Updated Dec 12, 2010
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