An Astounding Amount Of Saharan Dust Fuels The Amazon Basin

Using satellite data, NASA scientists have created the first-ever 3D model showing just how much dust makes its way from the Saharan Desert to the Amazon forest. Incredibly, this dust is seeding the rain forest with an essential nutrient, an indication of just how interconnected these disparate regions really are. » 2/24/15 9:40am 2/24/15 9:40am

Three mighty rivers once flowed through the Sahara

The world's most famous desert isn't always quite so dry as it is now—thanks to the Earth shifting on its axis, the Sahara's climate gets gradually greener over tens of thousands of years. But you'd have to go back a long ways to find real, perennial rivers flowing through the Sahara outside of the Nile. But 100,000… » 9/15/13 11:00am 9/15/13 11:00am

Satellites reveal Libya's lost 2,000-year-old cities

One of the side effects of the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime is that archaeologists can now explore parts of the country's past that were long suppressed, starting with the lost cities of the ancient Garamantes civilization. » 11/09/11 12:30pm 11/09/11 12:30pm

2,000 year old skulls reveal the ancient medical practice of trepanning

The Garamantian civilization of ancient North Africa survived and thrived in the Sahara Desert from 1,100 BCE to 600 CE. Three newly discovered skull reveal that the Garamantians practiced medicine. Unfortunately, it involved making tiny holes in people's skulls. » 8/17/11 11:22am 8/17/11 11:22am