The Sahara Desert
is the largest desert in the world. If you took it out of Africa and
put it down in the United States, it would stretch from California
to New York. It's that big!
hot. During the say, temperatures can
reach 130 degree Fahrenheit. That's hot!
It's also dry. It
almost never rains.
It's nickname is
the Sea of Sand.
There are some
little patches of land in the Sahara where green plants grow. A
little patch like this is called an oasis. An oasis has an
underground stream that provides fresh water and green plants. But
you might travel days before you found an oasis.
The Sahara has many
poisonous snakes and spiders.
You can see why people were
not eager to cross the Sahara Desert, simply to see what was on the