The Sahara Desert

Basic Info

The Sahara Desert is extraordinary because of its unique qualities. This desert is not only the largest desert in the world, but it is the hottest and driest, making it difficult to inhabit. To inhabit these severe conditions, you must have the proper resources. The Sahara Desert is located in Africa, where it takes up roughly 10% of the land in the whole continent. More specifically, it takes up over 3.5 million square miles. The majority of the desert is located in the countries of Algeria, Egypt, and Libya. The desert is inhabited by approximately 2.5 million people who have excelled at living in these conditions.

The Five themes of the Sahara

LOCATION- The center of the sahara desert is located at approximately:

21° N, 11 ° E

MOVEMENT- with the Sahara's rough terrain of sandy mountains and hills, the most common form of movement is to walk. Occasionally, travelers will ride on an animal, commonly a camel.

HUMAN ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION- To receive the proper amount of resources such as water, many inventions are made that change the landscape around them, and make it more convenient. For example, some groups of people create a form of wells. With these being created the humans are altering the terrain to build. Also, the environment lacks water, forcing them to build these structures.

REGION- The Sahara is a vast amount of land, but it takes up the majority of Northern Africa

PLACE- The climate in the Sahara is hot, dry, and plain. In other words, there are not very many objects, and it is clear for many miles. The tough climate limits the amount people travel, and they become rather antisocial.


World Wildlife Fund. "Sahara Desert."Encyclopedia of Earth. World Wildlife Fund, 12 Oct. 2007. Web. 13 Feb. 2013. <>.