Snow Falls in the Sahara Desert

Earth inhales and exhales carbon in mesmerizing animation

The Earth seems to inhale and exhale in a new animation that shows how carbon is taken up and released as the seasons change.

Climate change is altering the pattern of vegetation growth around the globe, Reichstein said, so the flow of carbon in and out of the biosphere is also changing.

The animated continents seem to deflate during summertimes, indicating times and places where vegetation is growing and plants are sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. When it’s winter, the continents seem to inflate, indicating that vegetation is dying off and carbon is being released.

The changes are most striking at temperate latitudes like continental Europe and North America, where seasonal differences are more pronounced. Equatorial regions don’t change as much throughout the year, while some desert regions, being sparsely vegetated, don’t store or release much carbon at all…READ ON

Snow Falls in the Sahara Desert

Snow in the Sahara Desert might sound impossible, but it’s true! The exceptionally rare weather event, which has only happened in the North African desert a few times in the past 40 years, took place earlier this month near the town of Ain Sefra in Algeria.

Snow Sahara desert
Snow falls very rarely in the North African Sahara desert. Credit: Public Domain

Ain Sefra is situated in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria. While the Sahara is known for having a range of temperatures throughout the year, snow and ice are not a common occurrence.

The region typically has a high of 98 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 14 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. The world’s largest desert has only experienced such weather four times before in 1979, 2017, 2018, and 2021…READ ON

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