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    Posted on Jan 9, 2018

    It Snowed In The Sahara And The Photos Are Breathtaking

    This is the third time in 40 years the Sahara has seen snow.

    Karim Bouchetata is an amateur photographer from Aïn Séfra, Algeria. The desert town is also known as "The Gateway to the Sahara" and Tuesday it was blanketed in snow, a rare weather event which has taken place just three times in 40 years.

    Karim Bouchetata

    Last year brought snow to the Saharan city as well – prior to that the African desert hadn't seen snow since 1979.

    Karim captured the events both this winter and last, and his images are stunning.

    Karim Bouchetata

    Side note: Pretty freaking awesome selfie, Karim. 👏 👏 👏

    "It's magical," Bouchetata told BuzzFeed.

    Karim Bouchetata

    Bouchetata works in an office by day, but his hobby is quickly catching the world's attention.

    Karim Bouchetata

    The photographer has a deep love for the landscapes he photographs. "This town is the only place in Algeria that gathers four contrasting landscapes," Bouchetata explained. "The city is topped by dunes, followed by the forest, the mountains, and now snow."

    Karim Bouchetata

    And when the snow melts, which Karim says only takes a few hours, the affect is equally breathtaking. Footprints remain as the ground cover evaporates.

    Karim Bouchetata

    "I wait and watch for the moment it begins to melt," Bouchetata shared, comparing the experience to watching a beautiful sunset.

    Karim Bouchetata

    Gorgeous.

    Karim Bouchetata

    See more of Karim Bouchetata's work on his Facebook page, and check out his slideshow of Monday's snowfall below.

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