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Discovering The Hidden Treasures of Mauritania’s Deadly Sahara Desert


Mauritania contains one of the longest and and most dangerous train rides in the world. Used to transport iron ore from central Mauritania to the coast, the 437-mile journey is free for those who are willing to brave the hot desert winds and piercing iron dust. In this 360 immersive experience, Seeker Correspondent, Addison O’Dea travels across the Western Sahara in Mauritania.

What Works Well

This video allows the view to ride along across the Sahara on board a train route that transports minerals to the coast, stopping on the way to explore the culture and history along the tracks.


  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences


africa, biome, iron ore, logistics, mauritania, rail transportation, sahara, shipping  trade and industrial, train


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