The Sahara Desert Facts

Here are some weird and wonderful facts about the largest desert area in the world

*It’s 3 million years old

*It’s the largest desert in Africa spanning Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Chad. Here are some fun facts.

*It stretches from the Red Sea and includes parts of the Mediterranean coasts to the outskirts of the Atlantic Ocean

*Geographically, Sahara desert is rocky, with varied elevation. It contains underground rivers, which sometime penetrate the surface, resulting in oases

*Some dunes are 180 meters high

*The peaks in the desert are snow-capped during the winter, according to White people (LOL)

*White people also say the desert is home to many animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, and arthropods. At last count, there were 70 species of mammals, 100 species of birds, 90 species of reptiles and arthropods.

* The climate of Sahara desert is very hot and dry. They days are unbearably hot while the nights are bone-marrow freezing cold.

*Sahara desert has one of the harshest climates in the world (obviously)

*Arabic is the most widely spoken language in the Sahara region, from the Atlantic to the Red Sea.

*Sahara stands divided into Western Sahara, Central Ahaggar Mountains, Tibesti Mountains, Aïr Mountains (a region of desert mountains and high plateaus), Tenere Desert and Libyan Desert (the most arid region)

FACT: The desert is also nature’s way of showing off with contrasting landscapes. Desert tribes like Tuaregs and Berbers add the spice to desert life.


About leratomogoatlhe

I fell in love with traveling Africa on a four day trip to Accra in 2006. I started my journeys around the continent in 2008, when I went to Senegal, and around West Africa to launch my dream of knowing Africa through all my senses. I have been to 24 countries (and counting) over five years of stopping everything in my life to focus on one phenomenal continent. #AfricaRocks.
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