The Sahara Desert covers 3.6 million square miles in North Africa, bordered by the Red Sea in the east, the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the Sahel savannas to the south. It's the wor... More » Geography Africa

The Tuareg people, among others, have lived in the Sahara desert for thousands of years. Prior to its desertification, the area now occupied by the Sahara was relatively lush and was also more heavily populated than it h... More »

The Sahara Desert is home to approximately 70 species of mammals, 90 species of birds, 100 species of reptiles and several different arthropods, such as scorpions and spiders. The dromedary camel is easily the most popul... More »

The nighttime temperatures in the Sahara Desert range from 60 F to 70 F during the height of the summer down to sub-freezing temperatures from December into February. The temperature difference in the Sahara Desert from ... More »

The Sahara Desert in Northern Africa, which is categorized as a subtropical hot desert, was formed primarily by the effects of dry, hot subtropical air forced into the middle latitudes by atmospheric currents. The scarci... More »

Landforms of the Sahara Desert in northern Africa include dunes, plateaus, plains, mountains, dry valleys and lakes, salt flats, and oases. The desert covers about 25 percent of Africa, or 3.3 million square miles, and i... More »

The temperature range in the Sahara Desert from day to night can differ as much as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The average annual temperature is 86 F. During the hottest months, temperatures range from 100 F to over 120 F. Ov... More »