The Longest Conveyor Belt in the World

Tuesday, 15th August 2006 by

Guess where The Longest Conveyor Belt in the World is? Western Sahara of course.

(More than half of the conveyor is in high-res, but the particularly cool section shown here has been captured in super high-res as part of the National Geographic Megaflyover project.)

The conveyor is 100 kilometres long and runs all the way to the coast from the phosphate mines of Bu Craa (which sounds a lot like a George Lucas place name to me).

If we zoom quite far out (to help grasp the scale of this massive machine) it looks distinctly like a lot of phosphate has been lost to the Saharan winds...

Thanks: Carlos Vlc.