Ain Sefra, a desert town in Algeria at the edge of northern Sahara which is also called as "The Gateway of Sahara" experiences its first snow dusting after 37 years!
We've seen all things weird in the course of the past few months when nature ran amok or like this Sahara Desert snow fall, something slightly a bit weird but pleasing.
This reminds me of how people strike a deal only when the impossible happens, like quitting a bad habit
when Australia moves up to the tropics or when elephants start climbing trees.
Snow fall in Ain Sefra desert town in Algeria. Photo by Karim Bouchetata
Karim Bouchetata, who captured the stunning desert snowfall is a photography enthusiast and a resident of Ain Sefra.
"Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert," said Karim.
"It is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos."
It's mind-boggling to say the least when we equate a desert with snow. It's like two extremes that don't sit well on people's rational mind
But snow falling on Sahara is not really impossible but it's rare in the low lying desert and is quite common in the peaks of Sahara's mountainous region like The Hoggar Mountains in Algeria and Tibesti Mountains in Chad.
Photo by Karim Bouchetata
Ain Sefra's location is capable of playing up the chance of snow because of its already up 1,000 meters above sea level. Its proximity to the snow-peaked Atlas Mountains of Morocco may have made it as a recipient of those extra snow dusts that blew out from the peaks to the dunes.
Most of us only know Earth as we see it now. But 11,000 years ago, Sahara was not even the desert that we know today. The oceanic winds and heavy rainfall made it into a lush, green area and a center of a thriving civilization
. By 3500 the rain stopped coming, and Sahara became an arid and empty desert some more.
Some climatologists believe that such bipolar weather patterns and climate change
was a cycle in Sahara and that may repeat again in the distant future.
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