The Deserts Of Africa: The Sahara Desert

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Imagine living in a land thriving with life with all sorts of trees and vegetation, along with different types of animals that called this land home. Throughout the world, we have deserts of also sorts. Life as we know it is always different in different in places. However for the sake of learning we will be taking a look at some of the world most secluded places on this earth which will lead us across one of the world's largest ocean, the Atlantic, making our way to the continent of Africa.
Many scientists and historians have wander what caused the " The Deserts of Africa " to form? They have also wandered if the Sahara Desert was Ever fertile, and if so, is it possible to re-grow the vegetation in areas such as the Sahara Desert? The wandering about these same questions encouraged diligent research that may or may not solve the main problem that the Deserts of Africa suffer from. Northern Africa is where the Sahara Desert is located and it covers nearly 10% of the continent. Some people believe that the Sahara Desert is the largest Desert in the world, however this would be a partially true statement meaning that it is the
world's largest hot desert. Antarctica being the largest, but it is a cold desert. However, that is a topic we will save for another day. Even though today the Sahara Desert is very hot and extremely dry, researchers believe that it has not always been this way. They believe that in the last two - three hundred thousand years or so, the Sahara Desert experienced several climatic shifts. Although, it may be hard to conceive, there is evidence of life in the world's largest hot desert. It is believed that this desert has been inhabited for thousands of years, maybe as early as 6000 BCE. Different culture have lived in this desert, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Europeans are among those who have live in this remote location. Today, about 4 million people occupy the Sahara desert with the majority of the people living in places such as Libya, Algeria, Western Sahara and Egypt. Most of the people living in the Sahara are nomads who move from region to region throughout the desert. It is said that history repeats itself. If this were true, it could be argued that the descendants of the Israelites are still repeating an instant described in the King James Bible, Joshua chapter 5: verse 6. The bible depicts a time when the Israelites moved throughout the wilderness for forty years until the men that were of military age when they left Egypt died, because they had not obeyed the Lord. For the Lord had sworn to them that they would not see the land he had solemnly promised their ancestors, This land was said to be flowing with milk and honey. Just like then, the people living in this desert had different nationalities and languages with Arabic being the most common language spoken. Some people live in small villages based on oases that were fertile which enable the cultivation of crops and the mining...

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