Sahara desert

WWF Abstract

The Sahara Desert is a vast expanse of searing heat and merciless winds that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. This ecoregion covers the central part of the desert, where the monotony of vast sand dunes is occasionally broken by areas of stone plateaus, gravel plains, dry valleys, salt flats, and high mountains with snowcapped peaks. To survive in this harshest of ecoregions, plants must have special adaptations to help them cope with extreme temperatures and drought. Many of the plants here are ephemeral, with short life cycles that are lived out only after rain. Other plants that can live here year-round, such as those in the genus Euphorbia, are able to take in water when it does rain and then store it for future use.
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Ecozone:Palearctic
Biome:Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Countries:Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Algeria, Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Niger
Area:1,146,559,995 acres (463,996,369 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Tassili N'Ajjer National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER