Spanning about 3.6 million square miles (9.4 million square kilometers) the Sahara —Arabic for "The Great Desert" — is the largest hot desert on Earth, third in size to the cold deserts in Antarctica and the Arctic. The Sahara stretches across most of North Africa, and plays host to winds that can whip up punishing sand storms. Little grows there, but this harsh environment is home to scorpions, snakes, and more than 40 species of rodents, as well as mammals like hyenas, jackals, antelopes and foxes.
First of its kind footage captured for National Geographic's "Incredible Animal Journeys" shows a barn swallow caught in a sandstorm as part of its migration through the Sahara Desert.
"A very remarkable series of events took place during the late Miocene between 5.96 and 5.33 million years ago."
The composition of an unusual meteorite suggests that it formed on Earth, spent thousands of years in space, then reentered the atmosphere. But some experts disagree.
A hefty abelisaurid is the fourth large, predatory dinosaur discovered in Egypt's Bahariya Formation, alongside other sizable Cretaceous carnivores.
The rock likely formed from the merging of dust with the remnants of the two stars involved in the explosion.
Reference The Sahara desert is the largest hot desert in the world, covering nearly all of northern Africa.
The dunes of the northwestern Sahara desert were streaked with ice on Tuesday, creating a surreal landscape
Each year, dust from the Sahara Desert blows off Africa and across the Atlantic, but most years that plume isn't so massive it's nicknamed "Godzilla."
Air quality could reach dangerous levels across a wide chunk of the continental U.S. and Caribbean this weekend as a rare, giant Saharan dust storm reaches the U.S.
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