Ras ben Sakka

Ras ben Sakka (Arabic for "Cape Ben Sakka") is the northernmost point of the African continent,[1] extending from Cape Angela in northern Tunisia into the Mediterranean Sea.

Ras ben Sakka
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Ras ben Sakka
Map showing the location of Ras ben Sakka
Map showing the location of Ras ben Sakka
Location in Tunisia
LocationBizerte Governorate, Tunisia
Coordinates37°20′49″N 9°45′17″E / 37.346983°N 9.754608°E / 37.346983; 9.754608Coordinates: 37°20′49″N 9°45′17″E / 37.346983°N 9.754608°E / 37.346983; 9.754608

It is located 15 km (9.3 mi) from Bizerte and 22 km (14 mi) to the northeast of Ichkeul Lake World Heritage Site.

It is located just 950 m (3,120 ft) west of Cape Blanc (French: Cap Blanc, "White Cape"; Arabic: Ras al-Abyad), which is also often (mistakenly) described as the northern tip of Africa. Apparently, Ras ben Sakka reaches about 30 m (98 ft) further north than the other.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Africa" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 320.
  2. ^ "The Land, chapter 1". Africa: Facts and Figures. EBSCO Publishing. January 1, 2005.