Souvenirs from Libya
Libya is a unique country to visit, and the souvenirs reflect the political landscape and societal traditions. Libyan stamps are highly sought after by collectors, for dealing with all manner of subject material. You can find statements against foreign aggression, human rights violations and revolutions, as well as tributes to nature and cultural celebrations. Jewelry is another popular souvenir from Libya, often replicas of ancient styles and inlaid with precious stones. Leather goods, tooled with traditional designs and colors, are ideal for the tourist looking for practical memorabilia. Sandals, wallets, and pouches are just a few of these items. Larger Libyan souvenirs are hand loomed rugs and pottery made in the brightly tinted Tunisian style. An Imzad is a single stringed musical instrument that dates back for millienia. Played only by women, it is as important to the player as their soul. And, of course, what would a vacation be without mementos like refrigerator magnets and key chains?
The Libyan Landscape
90% of Libya is covered in desert, with rainfalls occurring only occasionally. In fact, decades can go by without a storm, making wells and oases vitally important to the inhabitants. Following the extremely dry air, temperatures can reach heights found nowhere else. In fact, the highest naturally occurring temperature of 57.8 C, or 136 F, was recorded here in 1922. Residents survive by gathering near the series of oases that dot the country. Drilling deep into the earth's surface for oil in the 1950's, engineers discovered an aquifer that supplies much of Libya's water needs. Testing of the liquid revealed that it was in existence before the last Ice Age! Granite mountains called massifs are another feature of the Libyan landscape, millions of years old and surrounded by the sandstone plateaus of the Uweinat region. COnceled in the desert are the Arkenu craters, remenants of a double meteor strike that occurred in Earth's pre-history.