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Sahara - PBS
The Sahara desert makes up nearly one quarter of the African continent. It serves as a border between the Arab-influenced countries of the north and the black African countries of the south. Here you can read about the people of the Sahara desert, including their history, customs, religion, folklore, music, and language. If you would like to read about the animals, rainfall, vegetation, temperature, and land formations in the Sahara, click onto: Eco-Info. This site also lets you explore many other regions of Africa. All you need to do is choose an area in the Regions Navigator.
Sahara Desert - The Encyclopedia of Earth
The largest hot desert on Earth, the Sahara covers about 10% of Africa. Rainfall is sparse, and biodiversity is low. A few adaptable species and some sparse vegetation have survived. Thousands of years ago, more rainfall supported large mammals. About 5,500 years ago, vegetation covered large areas of the Sahara. Sand dunes, salt flats, stony plateaus, and dry valleys make up the Sahara today. Underground aquifers occasionally reach the surface in oases. An occasional thunderstorm strikes every few years. The average temperature is in the 80s, and the 120s are not unusual.
How Much Water Do You Need To Survive?
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Call Number: GVRL eBook
Publication Date: 2007
Explores the Earth's driest regions from the Sahara to the Australian Great Sandy. Investigates how people, animals, and plants cope in this arid environment.
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Follett eBooks - Unlimited copies
The Sahara Desert by
Call Number: EBOOK 916.6 ALO
Publication Date: 2012
This fascinating book describes the geological makeup and history of the Sahara Desert in North Africa. The biggest hot desert on Earth, it covers parts of twelve countries--more area than the entire United States! The Sahara has oases scattered widely and sand dunes that can reach as high as 600 feet (182m). Readers will learn about the people, plants, and animals such as camels, goats, and fennec foxes that inhabit this desert habitat. Special sections describe the desert's natural resources, such as oil and natural gas, and the unique problems facing this region.
Sahara Desert by
Call Number: EBOOK 916.6 LAP
Publication Date: 2013
Photographs, detailed maps, charts, and activities describe the climate and people of the Sahara Desert.
Nomads - Selected websites
Nomads: The Facts - New Internationalist
Did you know that the word nomad comes from the Greek word for pasture (nomos)? At this web site from New Internationalist, you'll learn this and much more about nomads, people who have no fixed home but instead move from place to place as a means of survival. Topics discussed here include types of nomads, where they live in the world, and the importance of animals in nomadic culture and life. The article concludes by discussing various threats to their continued mobility and their survival strategies in the face of these threats.
What is a Nomad? - Wonderopolis
Nomads are people that have no permanent address because they move from place to place in search of food, water and grass for their animals to graze. The origin of nomad is Greek, from a word that means to roam around for pasture. Would you believe there are between 30 and 40 million nomads living in the world today? Some nomads live that way because their culture has lived that way for many generations. There are three categories of nomads: hunter-gatherers (the oldest type), pastoral nomads (move with their herds), and peripatetic nomads (job related, such as the circus).