Thursday, January 21, 2021

Frost covers the world's hottest desert in white

Appearing as the temperature was lower to -3 degrees Celcius, the icy frost is likened to a sparkling crystal on sand dunes of the Sahara. 

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Photographer  Karim Bouchetata recorded white covering frost scenery in the small town of  Aïn Séfra, next to Sahara desert, Naâma province. 

The set of photos were taken on January from 13 to 17, as the temperature in the desert was low to -3 degree celsius. Bouchetata is like the scenery as a paint of a creator drawn by frost on sand dunes. 

According to a report of Global Citizen, the changing of weather in the desert may derive from the warm-up of global and climate change. 

Local people feed cattle under the frost weather. 

A flock of sheep forage on sand dunes covered with white ice.

Snowfall in deserts is a rare phenomenon but this is not the first time. In 2016, the amateur photographer Bouchetata once caused a stir because he had taken a snowfall in the world's hottest desert for the first time after 37 years. 

This year, Bouchetata did miss rare moments as Sahara sand dunes change their color. 

Aïn Séfra also called "The gate enter the desert", is higher than the sea level about 1.000 meters and surrounded by the Atlas range. January is one of the coldest months in the town with an average temperature of 14 degrees celsius. In summer, the average temperature is 38 degrees Celcius. 

The first snowfall in the Aïn Séfra town was recorded in 1979, the next was in December 2016 and January 2018 as a part of the desert of Sahara was covered by a 40 cm snow layer. 

Covering almost Northern Africa, the Sahara desert is wide 9,2 million km2 - equivalent to the size of the USA. It has experienced changes in temperature and humidity for hundreds of thousands of years. Scientists predict that, in around 150.000 years, the acrid desert could be covered by the green trees. 

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