Today is the first day of Reese’s adventures. Where in the world is our wonder boy visiting?
Here’s a hint;
This desert covers the majority of Northern Africa and is the third largest in the world.
Did you guess the Sahara Desert? You’re right!
Even though you can’t tell from Reese’s selfie, the Sahara Desert borders on the Red Sea in the east, the valley of the Niger River and Sudan on the south, the Mediterranean and the Atlas Mountains on the north, and the Atlantic Ocean on the west.
Let’s explore Reese’s hot location further.
Did you know?
- The desert has gone through shifts in temperature and moisture over the past few hundred thousand years. Although the Sahara Desert is very dry today, it is expected that it will become green again in about 15,000 years.
- If Reese wants to explore all of the Sahara Desert, he will have to walk 3.6 million miles! That’s almost as big as China and the United States.
- There are dunes in this desert that stand 590 feet tall.
- Dinosaur fossils have been unearthed in the Sahara Desert
- Most of the rivers and streams in the Sahara Desert occur in the wet season. Except for the Nile. It flows across the Sahara Desert and empties into the Mediterranean Sea.
- One half of the Sahara Desert receives less than .79 inches of rain each year. The rest of the desert only receives 3.9 inches per year.
We hope you packed some water, Reese!
- Goats and camels are the most domesticated animals found in the Sahara Desert.
- There are several species of fox in the Sahara. There are also antelope, gazelle, cheetah, monitor lizards, sand vipers, wild dogs, and ostrich, among others.
- The only people who live in the Sahara Desert are nomads. Nomads travel from place-to-place.
Thank you, Reese, for showing us the Sahara Desert.
Where is he off to now? Be sure to join us next week when Reese will explore another fun, fact-filled location.