(Photo: Facebook Karim Bouchetata)
In Pics: Snow in the Sahara Desert for the First Time in 40 Years
On 19 December, an amateur photographer captured the unthinkable – snow on the Sahara desert in Algeria.
The world’s hottest desert can only make one think of sweltering heat and vast stretches of nothingness. But on 19 December, an amateur photographer captured the unthinkable, a once in a lifetime event – snow on the Sahara desert dunes.
Karim Bouchetata took the photographs and said the snow stayed on the sandy, orange dunes for about a day, The Independent reported.
Bouchetata photographed the scene in Ain Sefra, a small Algerian town, which had last witnessed snowfall in 1979, for a half-hour.
“Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert, it is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos,” said the photographer.
Ain Sefra is known as “The Gateway to the Desert” and sees extreme temperatures varying between 37 degree Celsius in summer and -10.2 degrees in winter.
Source: The Independent
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