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The Red Planet. By Ian Layzell

Wadi Rum is a beautiful stretch of Sand and Rock Desert.

 

One noticeable feature of Wadi Rum is just how the sun changes the colours of it's desert. The intense sun and bright light mixed with different times of the day provides a ever changing display of rich reds. Rock formations also changed their appearance as the sun rose and as the sun set.

 

Known as Valley of the Moon, Wadi Rum is located in South Jordan and is the country's largest Wadi (Desert). The area is most famous for it's connection with British Officer T.E. Lawrence.

 

Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab Tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War.

 

In 1962 Director David Lean filmed many scenes for the film "Lawrence of Arabia". The area has also been used as a backdrop for other films including "Red Planet" in the year 2000 (Wadi was used for the surface of Planet Mars, "Passion in the Desert" in 1988 and most recent, Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen (scenes representing Egypt were actually filmed on Wadi Rum).

 

Jordan

 

November 2010

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Taken on November 26, 2010