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Image Caption: In the harsh environment of North Africa's Sahara Desert, native peoples have developed unique strategies of survival. Looking like a giant spear point on the ground, Lake Fatuibine, Mali, Africa (16.5N, 4.0W) is a natural catch basin or inland delta near Timbuktu along the course of the Niger River. During the wet season, floodwaters are diverted into this natural reservoir and used to sustain the local population through the long hot dry season.