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Table 1 Key characteristics of the sample wetlands

From: What value for pastoral livelihoods? An economic valuation of development alternatives for ephemeral wetlands in eastern Mauritania

Name Local classificationa Maximum area in 1999/2000 (ha) Duration in 1999/2000 (months) Duration in 2000/2001 (months) Duration in 2001/2002 (months)
Goungel Tamourt 638 12 12 6
Boichiche Tamourt 204 6 5 3
Tamchekett Oued 184 8 7 6
Oum Lellé Tamourt 215 10 9 9
Chlim Tamourt 606 9 1 5
Sawana Gâat 835 9 3 3
Tali Tamourt 966 12 12 2
  1. aLocal terminology for wetland types: Tamourt - a place characterised by silty-clay soils where a pool is filled by rainwater and bordered by Acacia nilotica; Gâat - an expanse of water on flat ground or in a very shallow depression, often containing aquatic vegetation; Oued - also called a wadi in geographical literature. It is a desert watercourse, which is usually dry, and contains water only after heavy rainfall. Trees such as Acacia nilotica and Balanites aegyptiaca often flank them