| ||Hammam Meskoutine, northwest of Constantine in Algeria's Kabylia region, is know as the Baths of Hell or the Baths of Damned. The extravagant rock layers, walls, cones, and rising steps are the result of erosion from the hot springs. Apart from being of interest to tourists, Hammam Meskoutine is potentially a major geothermal resource for Algeria. In the interest of diversifying the country's sources of energy, the government has launched a broad program to evaluate potential sources of renewable energy. Today, hydrocarbons such as oil and gas are omnipresent in Algeria. The French Public Affairs Ministry estimates that this sector alone accounts for 50 percent of per capita income and 98 percent of Algeria's currency reserves. However, experts contend that Algeria's oil reserves will be exhausted within fifteen years, and that the country will thus be forced to import its oil from 2020 onward.
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