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This is a sign next to a military check point on the north coast of the Sinai peninsula. In front of the sign is the Lake Bardawil saltmarsh.

I took this picture whilst waiting for permission to pass the checkpoint. At the top of the sign you can just see a long sand spit. I was trying to get there to perform a marine turtle survey but we needed permission from the Captain first before we could go past the checkpoint - and he was fast asleep!

Luckily the local soldiers didn't mind me taking a few pictures of the surroundings.

If anyone could tell me what the sign says I would love to know!

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This shot was taken looking towards Lake Bardawil. Lake Bardawil is a shallow (50-300 cm deep), hyper-saline lagoon occupying much of the Mediterranean coast of Sinai. It is separated from the sea by a sandbar that varies in width between 100 m and 1 km. The lake shore is mainly bare sand, with scattered saltmarsh and mudflats. The sandy lake-bottom is covered by scattered patches of algae Ruppia.Originally, Bardawil was connected to the sea via one small natural inlet at its eastern extremity (Bughaz Zaranik), usually becoming inundated with seawater only during winter when storms often breached the unstable sandbar. During summer, most of the lake was isolated from the sea and water evaporated, leaving behind large areas of sabkha. Several man-made inlets have been dredged along the sandbar since 1905 in an effort to allow the permanent inundation of the lagoon and maintenance of salinity levels suitable for the development of fisheries. Today, there are two man-made inlets (Bughaz I, II), which are continually being blocked through sedimentation. Bardawil is the source of an important local fishery, producing over 2,500 tonnes annually (1987 figure), mostly of the high-value saltwater fish Sparus auratus and Mugil sp., and employing some 3,000 fishermen. Fishing is suspended between January and May, in order to allow fish stocks to recuperate.

Ref: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SitHTMDetails.asp&sid=6187&m=0

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