In a bone-dry desert, scientists find water. And lot of bones.
A desert is defined as an area where less than 19.6 inches (50 centimeters) of rain falls each year. Deserts cover about one third of the Earth's land surface. Examples of famous deserts include the Sahara, Atacama and Mojave deserts. Deserts aren't just hot and dry places, though; like Antarctica, they can also be cold and dry. Read below for news about these driest spots on Earth.
The Tuareg and many others on Earth retain their cultural ways despite of the lure of Western culture.
Scientists have peeled away the sandy cloak blanketing DarfurÃ¯Â¿Â½s parched landscape to reveal an ancient basin that once housed a mega lake larger than Lake Erie.
The largest collection of Pleistocene human footprints in the world reveals adults and children hoofing it every which way.
They work the night shift, let their roots die, and fend off thirsty predators to conserve every precious drop.
Just a few thousand years ago, humans followed monsoon rains to the Sahara Desert and were greeted with lush vegetation and plentiful wildlife.
Phoenix and other cities in arid regions create artificial conditions that alter rainfall patterns, a new study finds.
The world's deserts are under threat as never before, with global warming making lack of water an even bigger problem for the parched regions.
Droughts over the past five centuries have been as bad or worse as the most recent one. Bottom line: There simply is not enough water to go around.
The jet streams are on the move, and scientists say it could change rainfall long-term patterns around the globe.
This desert city is lush, creating a unique oasis for people and animals. In the new thinking, pollution is part of the ecosystem.