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Snow falls in Sahara desert for first time in over 3 decades

Photographer Karim Bouchetata took the incredible pictures of snow covering the sand. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 22, 2016, 02.42 AM (IST)

In the Sahara desert, a snow shower coated the dusty dunes near the Algerian town of Ain Sefra on December 19.

This is the first time in over three decades that snow has fallen in the Sahara desert. The last record is for February 1979, when a brief blizzard hit town.

The Sahara desert is one of the driest places on earth. It is also the largest hot desert in the world.

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Photographer Karim Bouchetata took the incredible pictures of snow covering the sand.

“Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert, it is such a rare occurrence,” Bouchetata told the Independent. “It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand.”

Bouchetata said the snow lingered a day before melting.

(WION)

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