The Sahara Desert takes up the southern four – fifths of Algeria and can climb up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius). The highest sand dunes shift with the wind. A wind called sirocco sometimes carries desert sand northward across the Mediterranean and into Europe. In the southern desert, on the main route to Niger, an upland area called the Ahaggar bakes by day and freezes by night.
The Sahara is a barren wilderness yet it provides most of the country’s wealth. Beneath the sands are reserves of oil and natural gas which are piped north for processing and export. The...More