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For decades, scientists have been divided over how these eerily perfect circle arrangements are formed in the Namibian desert
Driving from Jerusalem down to the Dead Sea – 1,378 feet below sea level – reveals a varied and fascinating landscape, with an array of treasures to behold
The Arava Institute brings together Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian and international students to talk about a shared issue – the environment

Drying out

Chile’s government is taking urgent action to prevent a water crisis after continuing low rainfall leaves no end in sight for the drought which has afflicted the country

A university in the desert

Hermits and Bedouin have long sought wisdom and refuge in the desert. Today, young people from across the world can follow their example

Tips for a desert climate

Whether it’s the ‘Empty Quarter’ or the Gobi, Geographical rounds up tips for desert expeditions
Iron-rich Saharan dust played a major role in the formation of the Bahamian islands, providing the nutrients necessary for specialised bacteria to produce the island chain’s carbonate-based foundation, according to a new study published in Geology
The expansion of the Gobi desert in Central Asia was caused by the emergence of the Hangay and Altai ranges, according to a new study

Return to the desert

Despite a court victory that allowed Botswana’s Bushmen to return to their ancestral land, they continue to face harassment from a government keen to turn the land over to mining

Putting down roots

According to its supporters, the so-called Great Green Wall across northern Africa will stop food shortages, green the desert and even stop nomads roaming. But so far, it's still largely a grand vision

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