Ice Sparkles appear in Sahara Desert for fourth time in 42 years

Ice Sparkles appear in Sahara Desert for fourth time in 42 years

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The usually hot and dry Sahara desert has sparkled with icy snow for the fourth time within the last 42 years.

It is a rare occurrence for sparkles of ice snow to form in the Sahara desert.

The sparkling happens from sunlight due to a smattering of frost.

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Local photographer Karim Bouchetata was there to witness it on January 18.


The Sahara is the largest desert globally, stretching 8.6 million kilometres (3.3 million miles) across North Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.

This is not the most significant icy chill the Sahara has faced. During December of 2016 and January of 2018, 40.6 centimetres (16 inches) of icy snow was reported in some locations.

Icy formations do not last weeks; however, when photographers manage to take photos, it is something to remember and look back on.

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