/bis"krah/, n.
a town and oasis in NE Algeria, in the Sahara. 59,000.

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also called  (after 1981) Beskra,  

      town, northeastern Algeria, on the northern edge of the Sahara. It is the centre of the Zab (Ziban) group of oases south of a wide, open depression between the Aurès Massif and the Tell Atlas.

      On the site of Vescera, a fortified Roman post, Biskra prospered after Arab conquest in the 9th century. In the 1100s it was the semi-autonomous capital of the Zab region but later came under the influence of the Ḥafṣids. The Turks occupied Biskra in 1552. It was garrisoned by the French in 1844.

      Fort Saint-Germain (1849–51; built on the site of the former Turkish Casbah) became the nucleus of modern Biskra. Its location on the railway and road from Constantine to Touggourt, its airport, and its temperate climate (November to April) have made Biskra a winter resort of broad, tree-lined streets, hotels, shops, and public gardens. Hammam Salahine (“Bath of the Saints”), a well-known, modern health spa with hot sulfur springs, is located 3 miles (5 km) northwest of the town; the Romans called the sulfur springs Ad Piscinam and used them in the treatment of rheumatism and skin diseases. Scattered among the thousands of date palms and fruit trees are the sun-baked brick villages that make up Old Biskra. In the winter season, water collected in the Wadi Biskra Barrage (dam) irrigates fields of wheat and barley. The area was subjected to disastrous floods in 1969.

      The surrounding region is arid, a result of the dumping of rain in the Aurès mountains to the north. Two large salt lakes, Melrhír and Merouane, lie almost entirely below sea level. Most of the region's population lives in the area of Biskra or Souf oases. The oases stretch southward along the right bank of the Wadi Biskra, covering an area of 3,250 acres (1,300 hectares). Dates (especially the prized Deglet Nur, grown mostly in the Tolga oasis) are the principal crop of the region, but figs, pomegranates, and apricots are also grown. Pop. (1998) 170,956.

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