Τετάρτη, 15 Μαρτίου 2017

Ancient Humans Created the Sahara Desert, Says Archaeologist

© AFP 2017/ HOCINE ZAOURA

A new paper authored by archeologists with Seoul National University has suggested that the Sahara Desert, once green and wet, dried out as a result of the actions of ancient peoples. The spread of agriculture depleted the Sahara’s plant life and caused the region’s the shift to a desert biome, the paper claims.

Scientists have long known that, until fairly recently, the massive Sahara Desert was once verdant and teeming with life, until some 6,000 years ago, when rains ended and the desert became as it is today.


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