Commune and village
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Tessalit is an oasis in the Sahara desert and a frequent stop for trans-Saharan travelers. A gypsum deposit and a plaster factory also contribute to the city's economy, though all of these activities have been disrupted in recent decades by the Tuareg Rebellion and terrorism in neighboring Algeria.
Tessalit is situated in the mountain range Adrar des Ifoghas at 1° 00' 54.08" East and 20° 12' 00.05" North. Tessalit is primarily populated by Tuaregs and is the home city of the musical group Tinariwen as well as the poet Souéloum Diagho. The city possesses an airstrip, but it is rarely used. Its twin city is Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France.
- "Previsions de desserte des communes pour la periode de 2001-2005" (PDF). Mali Reforme Telecom. Retrieved February 5, 2009.
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