Saharan Stone Circle Mystery

Monday, 16th March 2009 by

Right in the middle of the Sahara desert, in the dunes of northern Niger, there's a circle which is clearly not a natural formation.

The circle itself is roughly 52 metres across, but if we zoom out a little, we can see eight other markings which mark the sides and corners of a huge square area, about 620 metres on each side.

This French website claims that French soldiers created similar looking circles and markings elsewhere in the Sahara "at the beginning of the aviation era", although the reason why is unclear. Although the one in the article has no coverage yet National Geographic has a ground level photo of it.

However, very faintly visible above the circle are another set of markings, which might have once been a makeshift runway.

On closer examination, it seems that this particular circle has been "updated" since it was originally made. It's a little hard to make out, but in the centre of the circle is the word "FACHI", which it turns out, is the name of the nearest village.

See also the previously posted mysterious circle in a square in Saudi Arabia.

Thanks to Crash.