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2012-01-28 14:07:01

This Envisat image shows part of central Morocco from the Atlantic Ocean to the west, over the Atlas mountains and into arid parts of Algeria further inland. The snow-capped High Atlas mountain range divides Morocco from the Sahara desert´s climatic influences in Algeria. Northwest of the mountains, the area experiences a more Mediterranean-like climate, with dry and hot summers and moderate winters with a fair amount of rain. Several peaks in the mountain range exceed 4000 m and...

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2010-07-23 06:20:00

Researchers sifting through Google Earth images have discovered what may be the world's best-preserved small impact crater in a remote area of the Sahara desert in southwestern Egypt.   The immaculate, 148 ft. wide crater was likely excavated by a fast-moving iron meteorite, a few thousand years ago, scientists said Thursday. Dubbed Kamil, the crater is remarkably preserved when compared with most of the other craters on the Earth's surface, many of which are partially eroded. The...

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2008-10-01 10:50:00

Reconstructing the climate of the past is an important tool for scientists to better understand and predict future climate changes that are the result of the present-day global warming. Although there is still little known about the Earth's tropical and subtropical regions, these regions are thought to play an important role in both the evolution of prehistoric man and global climate changes. New North African climate reconstructions reveal three "Ëœgreen Sahara' episodes during...


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2008-11-25 22:23:36

The African Harrier Hawk (Polyboroides typus), or Gymnogene, is a bird of prey found in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Its natural habitat is woodland with palm trees and often near water. Adults are about 23.5 to 26 inches in length. The upperparts, head and breast are pale gray. The belly is white with fine dark barring. The broad wings are pale gray with a black trailing edge fringed with a narrow white line. The tail is black with a single broad white band. There is a bare facial...

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2007-10-23 14:00:57

The Rhim Gazelle (Gazella leptoceros), also known as the Slender-horned Gazelle or the Sand Gazelle, is a slender gazelle, most adapted to desert life. The Rhim Gazelle is found in isolated pockets across the central Sahara Desert. The extreme heat of this environment limits their feeding to the early morning and evening and it gains most of its water requirements from dew and plant moisture, relying little on open water sources. It is a nomadic species moving across its desert range in...

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2006-08-17 16:07:32

The Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus) is a species of horned owls. They inhabit most of Africa south to the Sahara Desert away from dense forests. They are nocturnal hunters spending the day concealed in trees, rock ledges or abandoned burrows. They are found in areas with rocky outcroppings, scrub land open woods and semi deserts. It is a medium sized owl and one of the smallest Eagle owls. Their height is around 18 inches and weighs from 1 to 1.8 pounds. Their wingspan is 13 inches...

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2006-02-27 14:45:01

The African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) is a large species of eagle. They are quite common near freshwater lakes, reservoirs, or rivers, although they can sometimes be found near the coast at the mouths of rivers or lagoons. As their name implies African fish eagles are indigenous to Africa, ranging over most of continental Africa south of the southern-most edge of the Sahara Desert. Females are often larger than the males. Males usually have a wingspan of about 6 feet, while females...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.