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This YouTube video discusses the discovery of circles in the Sahara that are the remnants of a seismic survey conducted by a French company in the 1950s. The video discusses the origins of the Algerian War, which was fought over control of Saharan oil.

  • 00:00:00 In September 2021, Reddit user "Steve" saw a post describing "undocumented markings" in Algeria, in the middle of the Sahara. After emailing numerous people, Steve's colleague Bob Hardage confirms that the markings are not seismic arrays used in oil and gas exploration and are probably remnants of oil exploration in the region in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • 00:05:00 A YouTube video explains how circles in the Sahara may be the result of animal-drawn wells. A Tunisian archaeologist suggests the wells may be related to water collection, but after further research, it is unclear whether they are qanats or not. A database of oases in the Sahara is found, which reveals that Mohammed Brik, a farmer in Laghouat, Algeria, helps manage the water supply for his community. It is not clear whether the circles are related to water collection or not, but they are most likely not qanats.
  • 00:10:00 The video discusses the team's efforts to discover why circles have been appearing in the Sahara Desert over the past several years. They hired a journalist, Samir Abchiche, to be their on-the-ground reporter and he traveled to Algeria to investigate. After several months of preparation, they set off in a car with a driver, an archaeologist, and a desert guide to find out what is causing the circles. They ran into some difficulties along the way, but eventually arrived at their destination, Ain Salah.
  • 00:15:00 The video discusses the team's discovery of 22 circles in the Sahara Desert, some of which had been buried by dynamite. They found that one of the wires in the dynamite had a different color than the others, and they determined that the dynamite might not have been detonated. They stopped digging and found cans of food that dated back to the 1940s.
  • 00:20:00 This YouTube video discusses the discovery of circles in the Sahara that appear to be the remnants of a seismic survey. It was determined that the survey was conducted by CREPS, a French company that had a permit to explore and extract oil in the area from 1953 to 1958. The video then discusses the origins of the Algerian War, which was largely fought over control of Saharan oil.
  • 00:25:00 The circles in the Sahara are remnants of French attempts to extract oil from the area in the 1950s. This discovery was made thanks to the help of dozens of people, time on the internet, and a long, brave journey into the desert.

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