Oasis is an isolated area, a break from the sea of sand, a desert area with vegetation. Generally an oasis is located around a spring, lake or similar water source. Human habitat and animal populations are generally found around large oasis.
An oasis is very important for the routes in desert areas. Caravans and travel routes mostly follow oasis along their routes to replenish their water resource. Thereby Oases are an important area for power struggle in desert politics.
Formed by underground rivers or wells, the water sources in oasis are filled by the pressure of underground water. The substrata impermeable rocks, or faults in subsurface ridges collect water and act as fresh water resources. Greenery starts to develop around this water source which is otherwise a barren sea of sand. The green oasis breaks the monotony of the golden sand in and around, till the distance the eyes can see. Oasis seems to be like a break free from the mundane city life and a visit to the magnificent oases acts similarly, as a welcome break from the rat race.
Listed here are some of the wonderful greens in the heart of ruthless deserts.
1.Ein Gedi, Israel
The oasis is located on the Dead sea`s western coast. The Ein Gedi oasis is located near the Qumran caves and Masada in Israel. The name is derived from two Hebrew words, which roughly means âKid Springâ or âGoat Springâ on translation. The area belongs to the Judah tribe and is famous for its antiquity. There are biblical references of this oasis and was famous from the time of King Solomon. It is one of the most important natural reserves in Israel. It is one of the most awesome places in the world, it`s truly an oases in the concrete jungle all around.
2. HerÃ°ubreiÃ°arlindir, Iceland
HerÃ°ubreiÃ°arlindir (Iceland) is located close to the Askja volcano, amidst the ÃdÃ¡Ã°ahraun desert in the Highlands of Iceland. The oasis has a campground along-with hiking trails. The large lava field is the desert which has originated from the volcanic eruptions of TrÃ¶lladyngja.
3. Ubari Oasis, Libya
This oasis is located in the Libyan area of Sahara desert. It is in the south-west of Libya, located in the Wadi Al Hayaa district. Ubari is geographically located in the Targa valley. The wetland grasses and Saharan date palms line the shore lines of the natural spring, between the Idhan Ubari and Messak Sattafat Plateau. The scenic beauty is mesmerizing.
4. Ziz Oasis, Sahara Desert, Morocco
The world`s largest desert is the Sahara desert. In the middle of Sahara desert lies greenery, that makes life possible in this tough terrain. Located in the Ziz valley of Morocco, inside the Sahara desert, the beautiful Oasis of Ziz acts as an important center of human interaction. This valley between Merzouga and Rich is a pristine beauty.
5. Huacachina, Peru
Located near the city of Ica in the south-west region of Peru, Huacachina is an oasis around a small natural lake. Sand Boarding and Dune Buggying is one of the major attractions of this exotic and beautiful oasis. The folklore about a princess and how she converted into a mermaid- who lives in the oasis is very romantic. Huacachina is also known as âThe Oasis of America.â
6. TImia Oasis, Niger
The AÃ¯r Mountains in northern Niger carefully protect this extremely beautiful Oasis. Lush green gardens networked by nature and its water resources, in an unfriendly terrain is a true example of oasis. Itâs a victory of life above all, celebrated in the most vibrant and lively green around the area.
The oasis is used to cultivate and export a large variety of crops. Timia oasis is a perfect resting place for travelers, and to enjoy the serenity of nature. It is also a triumph of life and human endurance over adversity.
7. Crescent lake in Sahara Gobi desert
Close to the Dunhuang city of China, Crescent spring is an exceptionally beautiful spring in the Gobi desert. It gets its name from the crescent shape and resembles a loving, deeply mysterious eye of a beautiful woman, whereas some find it to her seductive lips. The spring still is a source of clear sweet water. The view and ambience is romantic and breath taking. Dune surfing, camel safari, along with romantic nights under the star studded night are major attractions in this oasis in the orient.
8. Abrahamâs Oasis, Syria
Abraham`s Oasis is located in the Al Anbar Province of Syria. It is situated between the cities of Haditha and Hit and is considered to be a holy site. According to popular belief the oasis has connections to Christian, Jewish, Islamic history. It’s located a few miles from the Euphrates river, the oasis is a soul calming and serene place to be in.
9. Agua Caliente, Tucson, Arizona
Agua Caliente in Spanish means âwarm waterâ or âhot Springsâ. Located in Tucson, Arizona the Oasis has a history dating back to more than 5000 years of human habitation. The name indicates the presence of hot ponds or springs that act as a water supply for the vegetation all around, in this barren land. The paved sand walks and palm trees are a perfect and very romantic location from the hustle and bustle of the city. It has been converted to a recreational park.
10. Oasis on a Ranch in Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas
Located against the backdrop of the colorful and magnificent Wilson Range, this ranch has been a favorite camping and resting site for a long time. The Oasis is located near Las Vegas and is known for its spectacular view and amazing natural resource. The historic tours and other attractions make it one of the most popular tourist destinations.