A Punic steppe

The North African country of Tunisia is about this size of Wisconson, but the similarities end there. Mountains rise in the north and west of the country (part of the Atlas system) and a vast desert covers the southern extension of the country. In the center are arid steppe-lands as pictured above. I shot this from a road near Kairouan (al-Qayrawan). In the biblical period, this entire region was settled by Phoenicians from the East, who, in time, became the Punic people (think Carthage: it's just north of here).