Thank you to photographer, videographer, and world traveler based inDüsseldorf, 🔷 @yvisway / Yvonne Koall 🔷 for this shot from their week-long trek through the desert on her Berber horse: Itri. See more of her travels on YouTube www.youtube.com/yvisway
The Sahara is the world's largest desert. Only a small part of the Sahara is fertile and it is here that corn, dates and other fruits grow. These parts are fed by underground rivers and oases.The Sahara desert stretches across much of North Africa covering over 5,500 squaremiles (roughly the size of the United States). In fact, the Sahara covers some 30% of the entire African continent. It is the hottest place in the world with summer temperatures that often exceeds 136 degrees. It has an annual rainfall is less than one inch, and is very windy, with windstorms sweeping the sand up to heights of 3,200 feet and moving the sand dunes constantly.
The Sahara consists of one quarter volcanic mountains, one quarter sand, rocks and gravel-covered plains and small areas of vast permanent vegetation. The vegetation includes shrubs, grasses, and trees in the highland and in the oases along the river beds. Some of the plants are well adjusted to the climate since they sprout within three days of rain and sow their seeds within two weeks after that.
Animals in the Sahara are mainly Gerbils, Cape Hare, Deer, Weasels, Baboons, Jackals, Sand Foxes, Mongooses, Desert Hedgehogs and over 300 bird species.
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