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It Snowed In The Sahara And The Photos Are Breathtaking

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

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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.


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."

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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