Tamentit (تامنطيت) (sometimes spelled Tamantit) is a town and commune or municipality in Fenoughil District of Adrar Province, in south-central Algeria. According to the 2008 census it has a population of 9,481,[1] up from 7,912 in 1998,[2] with an annual growth rate of 1.9%.[1]


Location of Tamentit commune within Adrar Province
Location of Tamentit within Algeria
Coordinates: 27°46′2″N 0°16′4″W
240 m (790 ft)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)

Until the late twentieth century the people of Tamentit spoke Taznatit Berber.


The villages of Tamentit are located near oases that are part of the Tuat region in northern Adrar Province, between the communes of Adrar to the north and Fenoughil to the south. The rocky Tademaït plateau rises far to the east, while the sandy Erg Iguidi and Erg Chech deserts lie to the west.

The Tamentit iron meteorite was found nearby in 1864.[3]

Tamentit Iron Meteorite, found in 1864 near Tamentit, weight about 500 kg. On display at Vulcania park in France.[3]


Tamentit has a hot desert climate (Köppen climate classification BWh), with extremely hot summers and mild winters, and very little precipitation throughout the year.


Tamentit is on the N6 national highway, which leads north to Adrar and south to Fenoughil commune and eventually Reggane. The village of Bouffaddi lies on the highway to the south of Tamentit, while the other villages of the commune are to the east of the highway, and are connected to it by local roads.


5.9% of the population has a tertiary education, and another 17.9% has completed secondary education.[4] The overall literacy rate is 75.6%, and is 85.9% among males and 65.2% among females.[5]


As of 1984, the commune was composed of seven localities:[6]

  • Tamentit
  • Oulad El Ouali
  • Oulad Elhadj
  • Elmamoun
  • Noum En Nass
  • Bouffaddi
  • Abenkour


  1. "Population: Wilaya d'Adrar" (PDF) (in French). Office National des Statistiques Algérie. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  2. "Algeria Communes". Statoids. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  3. Tamentit meteorite at Meteoritical Bulletin Database.
  4. "Structure relative de la population résidente des ménages ordinaires et collectifs âgée de 6 ans et plus selon le niveau d'instruction et la commune de résidence" (PDF) (in French). Office National des Statistiques Algérie. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  5. "Taux d'analphabétisme et taux d'alphabétisation de la population âgée de 15 ans et plus, selon le sexe et la commune de résidence " (PDF) (in French). Office National des Statistiques Algérie. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  6. "Décret n° 84-365, fixant la composition, la consistance et les limites territoriale des communes. Wilaya d'Adrar" (PDF) (in French). Journal officiel de la République Algérienne. 19 December 1984. p. 1472. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 March 2013 or before. Retrieved 1 July 2013. Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)
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