The Sahara - The World's Hottest Desert

The Sahara is the hottest desert in the world. It is one of the world's largest deserts. Actually, the Sahara is the third largest desert after Antarctica and the Arctic. The Sahara Desert is located in the northern part of Africa. It is bounded in the east by the Red Sea, in the west by the Atlantic Ocean, in the north by the Mediterranean Sea, and in the south it ends at the Sahel, a band of semiarid savanna.

The Sahara covers an area of over 9,000,000 square kilometers. It covers most of North Africa, making it the largest desert on the African continent. The Sahara Desert makes up almost 10% of the African continent covering parts of several African countries like Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia.

Most of its landscape includes sand dunes, sand seas called ergs, barren stone plateaus, gravel plains, dry valleys and salt flats. Considering the Sahara has a reputation of being one of the driest and most arid destinations on earth, it is surprising for most to hear that a snowfall was actually recorded in 1979.

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