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Africa: Sahara

Africa: Sahara

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Item Number:
DCS DC024812
44 min.
Closed Caption:
Discovery Channel School
Grade Level:
3 - 12
A BBC/Discovery Channel Co-Production. The Sahara Desert can be one of the most unforgiving environments on Earth. With shifting sand dunes, heat-induced mirages, and salt water oases, a thirsty traveler could easily become disoriented. Covering one third of the African continent, the Sahara hosts sandstorms that stretch for a thousand miles, and rain may not fall here for fifty years. Yet, life still finds a way to hold on in the region. Most species in the Sahara, like the camel, Grévy's zebra, and resurrection plant, can survive extended periods of time without water. Some creatures, like the naked mole rat, avoid the heat by living a bizarre, underground existence. Others, like the silver ant and the fringe-toed lizard, sport reflective armor to protect them from the Sun's rays. On its scorched surface, the Sahara may appear to be devoid of all life, but the world's hottest desert is home to Earth's most breathtaking moments. NOTE: This program contains content that portrays animals in their natural environment and may be disturbing or inappropriate for some viewers. Please preview before showing in class.

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