Sahara

Donald Trump

Trump told Spain to build its very own border wall — in the Sahara

“The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.”
Tim Hume
9.20.18
Motherboard

Wind and Solar Farms Could Make it Rain Regularly in the Sahara Desert

Climate models reveal that renewable energy projects in the Sahara could spark a twofold increase in local rainfall, enabling vegetation to take hold.
Becky Ferreira
9.7.18
Sahara snow

The Sahara desert was covered in over a foot of snow

It snowed in the Sahara Desert for the fourth time in nearly 40 years.
Katherine Tutrone
1.10.18
granules

Sand Is Wiping This Tunisian Town Off the Map

Like a half-dozen other villages in a region increasingly choked by desertification, Old Mahlel has been obliterated by advancing sand dunes.
Sarah Souli
3.9.17
Interviews

Aziza Brahim's Music Explores the Western Sahara's Sad Legacy with Beautiful Songs

The Sahrawi singer discusses the process and motivations behind her new album 'Abbar el Hamada,' which addresses 40 years of Western Sahara occupation.
Zachary Lipez
4.14.16
DESERT

Farming Fish and Lettuce in the Egyptian Desert

Against the odds, one Egyptian farm is attempting to grow fish and produce in the Sahara—but is this a real oasis or just a mirage?
Edmund Bower
3.18.16
minneapolis

Minneapolis Is a Paradise of Somali Food

The Somali community of Minneapolis largely consists of people forced to flee their country due to decades of civil war, but they can still have a taste of home without leaving the city.
Yasin Mohamud
11.29.15
Science

There's a Long-Lost ‘Paleo-River’ Beneath the Sahara Desert Nobody Knew Existed

As if the Sahara wasn’t mystical enough, now it has hidden river systems.
Becky Ferreira
11.10.15
Design

Is This Sand Tower the Future of Urban Sprawl?

French architecture firms reveal concepts behind vertical cities in Sahara Desert.
Matthew Sedacca
8.16.15
war and conflict

In a Southern Libya Oasis, a Proxy War Engulfs Two Tribes

For the indigenous southern Tuareg and Tebu tribes, politically used and marginalized by Qaddafi, this is a local battle about historical grievances, Libyan identity, and who belongs to the land.
Rebecca Murray
6.7.15
PROTESTS

Violence Flares Over Halliburton’s Fracking Tests In Algeria

Ongoing protests over the government’s plans to tap shale gas reserves in the Sahara turn violent.
Pierre Longeray
3.5.15
nasa

NASA Video Shows How Dust from the Sahara Fertilizes the Amazon

About 27.7 million tons of Saharan dust — enough to fill more than 100,000 semi trucks — makes it to the Amazon forest floor each year, bringing with it an estimated 22,000 tons of phosphorous.
Laura Dattaro
2.25.15
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