Amour Range

The Amour Range (Arabic: جبل العمور, French: Djebel Amour) is a mountain range in Algeria, which comprises part of the Saharan Atlas of the Atlas Mountain System.

Amour Range
جبال العمور
Neolithic art in Aflou
Highest point
PeakDjebel Ksel
Elevation2,008 m (6,588 ft)[1]
Coordinates34°03′0″N 2°04′0″E[2]
Length130 km (81 mi) ENE/WSW
Width40 km (25 mi) NNW/SSE
Area7,710 km2 (2,980 sq mi)
Parent rangeSaharan Atlas
OrogenyAlpine orogeny


The Amour Range is located in the central area of the Saharan Atlas, with the Ksour Range in the western end and the Ouled-Naïl Range in the eastern end.[3]

The town of Aflou, one of the highest municipalities in Algeria and also one of the coldest, is located in the range at an elevation of 1,426 m. There are about 35,000 people living in the area of the Amour Range.[4] In Taouïala (تاوياله), located 35 km to the southeast of Aflou, there is an ecotouristic village.[5]


The mountains of the Amour Range have altitudes averaging between 1,400 and 2000 m. The highest summit of the range is Djebel Ksel, which sits at an elevation of 2,008 m.

Other notable peaks are:[6]

  • 1,721 m high Guern Arif (جبل قرن عريف)
  • 1,707 m high Mount Sidi Okba (جبل سيدي عقبة)
  • 1,706 m high Mount Gourou (جبل قورو)
  • 1,686 m high Oum El Guedour (أم القدور)
  • 1,503 m high Kef Sidi Bouzid (كاف سيدي بوزيد).

See also


  1. G. Camps, « Amour (djebel) », in Encyclopédie berbère, 4 | Alger – Amzwar En ligne, mis en ligne le 1er décembre 2012, consulté le 14 décembre 2014.
  2. Google Earth
  3. Un gisement d'ostracodes non-marins dans l'Éocène inférieur du Djebel Amour, Atlas saharien central, Algérie
  4. "Le Djebel Amour". Archived from the original on 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  5. Village éco-touristique solidaire à Taouiala wilaya de Laghouat
  6. Le Djebel Amour, Relief, Géologie et hydrogéologie

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