Construction for the first phase of Morocco’s Noor 1 power plant is nearing completion. Once complete in 2020, the solar farm will be the largest of its kind in the world. But even now, the plant’s half-million solar mirrors are already visible from space.
NASA’s Terra satellite recently captured this stunning photo of Saharan dust wafting over the Atlantic ocean. It’s one of several outbreaks this summer that some speculate may be contributing to this year’s relatively peaceful storm season.
Using satellite data, NASA scientists have created the first-ever 3D model showing just how much dust makes its way from the Saharan Desert to the Amazon forest. Incredibly, this dust is seeding the rain forest with an essential nutrient, an indication of just how interconnected these disparate regions really are.
The world's most famous desert isn't always quite so dry as it is now—thanks to the Earth shifting on its axis, the Sahara's climate gets gradually greener over tens of thousands of years. But you'd have to go back a long ways to find real, perennial rivers flowing through the Sahara outside of the Nile. But 100,000…
In what historians are calling the aviation equivalent to finding King Tut's tomb, a World War II fighter plane has been found in the Sahara desert 70 years after it crashed. Even more impressive, the plane is perfectly preserved—it hasn't been touched and hasn't even been seen until now.
One of the side effects of the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime is that archaeologists can now explore parts of the country's past that were long suppressed, starting with the lost cities of the ancient Garamantes civilization.
The Garamantian civilization of ancient North Africa survived and thrived in the Sahara Desert from 1,100 BCE to 600 CE. Three newly discovered skull reveal that the Garamantians practiced medicine. Unfortunately, it involved making tiny holes in people's skulls.