Sahara desert

Snow paints red sand dunes of Sahara desert a wondrous white

Snow covers parts of the Sahara desert for the third time in 40 years. Freak storm sees 16 inches of snow fall in one day in Algeria.

Jan 09, 2018, 12:45 PM IST
Snow paints red sand dunes of Sahara desert a wondrous white

Snow paints red sand dunes of Sahara desert a wondrous white

Majestic red sand dunes of the Sahara desert in a small North African town recently witnessed snowfall - much to the amazement of locals, environmentalists and people around the world at large.

Jan 09, 2018, 12:32 PM IST

Around 20 jihadists killed or captured in Mali's north

French soldiers killed or captured about 20 jihadists in Mali's restive north where a French soldier was killed on April 5.

May 01, 2017, 09:17 AM IST
What caused the Sahara to become a desert? Researchers have the answer!

What caused the Sahara to become a desert? Researchers have the answer!

The desertification of the Sahara has long been a target for scientists trying to understand climate and ecological tipping points.

Mar 15, 2017, 14:57 PM IST
The Sahara desert just witnessed a 'White Christmas' for the first time in 37 years!

The Sahara desert just witnessed a 'White Christmas' for the first time in 37 years!

The snow fell near the Algerian town of Ain Sefra, also known as 'The Gateway to the Sahara' and reportedly melted after a day.

Dec 21, 2016, 11:31 AM IST
Watch: Jeff Williams shares awe-inspiring video of Sahara desert captured from space

Watch: Jeff Williams shares awe-inspiring video of Sahara desert captured from space

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have never missed an opportunity to inspire and surprise us by sharing beautiful images and videos of the world from up above.

Aug 31, 2016, 13:38 PM IST
See pic: Spectacular view of Sahara desert from space!

See pic: Spectacular view of Sahara desert from space!

All thanks to the astronauts, who are currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that we get to witness many beautiful images of our planet.

Apr 21, 2016, 07:04 AM IST

18 migrants found dead in Niger's desert, IOM says

The bodies of 18 west African migrants hoping to reach Europe have been found in the Sahara desert near Arlit in Niger, the International Organization for Migration said on Sunday.

Jun 15, 2015, 01:13 AM IST
From sand dunes to ski slopes Moroccan style

From sand dunes to ski slopes Moroccan style

On a clear day, skiers can see the dunes of the Sahara desert shimmer in the distance from the Moroccan ski resort of Oukaimeden, the highest in North Africa.

Mar 09, 2015, 09:11 AM IST

Dust from Sahara Desert provides nutrients to Amazon soils

An estimated 22,000 tonnes of phosphorus, an essential nutrient for plant proteins and growth, is carried by the dust from Sahara Desert to the Amazon rain forest every year, a new study has found.

Feb 25, 2015, 22:26 PM IST
Saharan dust feeding Amazon's plants, reveals NASA

Saharan dust feeding Amazon's plants, reveals NASA

What connects Earth's largest, hottest desert to its largest tropical rainforest? The answer is 22,000 tonnes of dust per year.

Feb 25, 2015, 13:15 PM IST

Libya finds 15 migrants' bodies near ripped inflatable boat

Libyan coastguards on Sunday found 15 bodies of sub-Saharan African migrants floating in the sea near a ripped inflatable boat, east of the capital.

Aug 31, 2014, 19:30 PM IST

Study reveals importance of rift orientation in sculpting Africa`s margins

Geoscientists have revealed that the break-up of the supercontinent Gondwana about 130 million years ago could have lead to a completely different shape of the African and South American continent.

Mar 02, 2014, 19:40 PM IST

Scientists find evidence of ancient mega lake in Africa

A large freshwater lake once filled the White Nile valley in Sudan, according to a new study.

Jan 18, 2014, 00:47 AM IST

Meteorite found in the Sahara sheds light on Martian crust

A meteorite found in the Sahara last year by Bedouin tribesmen is a rock from Mars, revealing that the Red Planet`s crust formed 4.4 billion years ago, scientists reported on Wednesday.

Nov 21, 2013, 11:40 AM IST

Dozens of migrants die of thirst in Niger desert: Officials

Dozens of Nigerien migrants heading for Algeria died of thirst in the desert south of the Sahara after their vehicle broke down, local officials said on Monday, while police said 19 survived.

Oct 28, 2013, 20:44 PM IST

Asteroid piece from Mars up for auction

A piece of asteroid that fell on earth after its impact on Mars is up for grabs.

May 23, 2013, 11:09 AM IST

Four employees of BP still missing in Algeria

Four employees of energy giant BP were missing following the attack on In Amenas gas plant in Algeria, firm`s CEO Bob Dudley said, and added that he feared for their lives.

Jan 20, 2013, 00:39 AM IST

In Algeria raid, 35 hostages and 15 kidnappers killed

Algeria raided a remote Sahara gas plant in an attempt to free dozens of foreign hostages held by militants with ties to Mali`s rebel Islamists.

Jan 17, 2013, 19:04 PM IST

Scientists unveil new type of water-rich Martian meteorite

A 2-billion-year-old dark lump of rock that landed in Sahara desert is actually a new type of Martian meteorite, containing 10 times more water than usual, scientists say.

Jan 04, 2013, 16:16 PM IST