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Snow in Sahara: satellite image shows beautiful landscape

The last time it snowed in the Sahara Desert was in 1979, but the desert has seen another rare dusting this week.

The snow fell on the Algerian town of Aïn Séfra, sitting on the edges of the desert and with a population of over 30 000 people. It only lasted a day before melting though, so tourists wanting to see it in person are out of luck.

Fortunately, the Landsat-7 satellite acquired a rather striking image of the snow, showing dunes covered in the stuff.

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The snow was even captured by local citizen Karim Bouchetata, being uploaded to his Facebook account.

Featured image: Landsat-7/NASA Earth Observatory

Author | Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings almost seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat. More