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Libya's Sand Sea; 1,000,000 square kilometers of exquisitely sculpted banks of sand, is one of the hardest places on Earth for life to survive. As wind stirs the sand grains the dunes begin to 'sing'.Episode 5

Libya's Sand Sea; 1,000,000 square kilometers of exquisitely sculpted banks of sand, is one of the hardest places on Earth for life to survive. As wind stirs the sand grains the dunes begin to 'sing'.
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The White Desert in Egypt is dominated by strange formations, ancient coral reefs carved and shaped by wind blown sand.Episode 5

The White Desert in Egypt is dominated by strange formations, ancient coral reefs carved and shaped by wind blown sand.
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The camel is the only pack animal able to withstand the rigors of the Sahara. But since a monumental shift in the Earth's climate caused the formation of the desert, and its expansion year on year, camels have had to walk further, much further, between sources of water.Episode 5

The camel is the only pack animal able to withstand the rigors of the Sahara. But since a monumental shift in the Earth's climate caused the formation of the desert, and its expansion year on year, camels have had to walk further, much further, between sources of water.
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A dung beetle rolling a ball of camel dung. The Sahara is perhaps the most challenging environment for these beetles to survive on the continent. A rare dung pile, left by traveling camels, might be the only chance a beetle has to provide food for their young. But the hot sand and burning sun turn the dung roll into a race against time, with the odds stacked against the beetle.Episode 5

A dung beetle rolling a ball of camel dung. The Sahara is perhaps the most challenging environment for these beetles to survive on the continent. A rare dung pile, left by traveling camels, might be the only chance a beetle has to provide food for their young. But the hot sand and burning sun turn the dung roll into a race against time, with the odds stacked against the beetle.
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A Barbary macaque. Its kind were separated from their ancestors in the south when the Sahara first formed, and are now trapped in the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.Episode 5

A Barbary macaque. Its kind were separated from their ancestors in the south when the Sahara first formed, and are now trapped in the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
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Two male Grevy's zebra rear up on their hind legs in an attempt to dominate one another. Grevy's zebra are the largest of the zebras and are supremely adapted to desert living. They fight to defend territory and for access to females, who wander the land in search of males.Episode 5

Two male Grevy's zebra rear up on their hind legs in an attempt to dominate one another. Grevy's zebra are the largest of the zebras and are supremely adapted to desert living. They fight to defend territory and for access to females, who wander the land in search of males.
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Snow covered plateau in the Atlas Mountains — the north of this continent is dominated by the Sahara desert so images like this are rare. The team returned to this corner of Africa three times to try to film falling snow.Episode 5

Snow covered plateau in the Atlas Mountains — the north of this continent is dominated by the Sahara desert so images like this are rare. The team returned to this corner of Africa three times to try to film falling snow.
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The snow-capped Atlas Mountains seen from the edge of the Sahara desert. Within the last 10,000 years, a subtle change in the Earth's orbit precipitated dramatic change in north Africa — an apocalypse that turned the land into the desert it is today. But the very tops of the Atlas Mountains, seen on the horizon, were high enough to escape the disaster.Episode 5

The snow-capped Atlas Mountains seen from the edge of the Sahara desert. Within the last 10,000 years, a subtle change in the Earth's orbit precipitated dramatic change in north Africa — an apocalypse that turned the land into the desert it is today. But the very tops of the Atlas Mountains, seen on the horizon, were high enough to escape the disaster.
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A dung beetle (Scarabaeus sacer) takes to the air in search of cooler temperatures. In Egypt's White Desert dung beetles roll balls of camel dung but must battle soaring temperatures that threaten their very lives.Episode 5

A dung beetle (Scarabaeus sacer) takes to the air in search of cooler temperatures. In Egypt's White Desert dung beetles roll balls of camel dung but must battle soaring temperatures that threaten their very lives.
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Monkeys are a familiar sight in Africa, but snow on the other hand...

Barbary macaques live within sight of the searing hot Sahara desert, but are trapped high in the ice-cold Atlas mountains. Their ancestors escaped hardship of one kind only to face another.Episode 5

Monkeys are a familiar sight in Africa, but snow on the other hand...

Barbary macaques live within sight of the searing hot Sahara desert, but are trapped high in the ice-cold Atlas mountains. Their ancestors escaped hardship of one kind only to face another.
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The silver ant is the Sahara's true desert survivor. When the Sahara formed most animals became fugitives. But this ant stayed, exploiting its 'space suit' of reflective silver hairs to reflect the heat and a pinpoint navigation system to ensure it always takes the shortest route back home, to shade and safety.Episode 5

The silver ant is the Sahara's true desert survivor. When the Sahara formed most animals became fugitives. But this ant stayed, exploiting its 'space suit' of reflective silver hairs to reflect the heat and a pinpoint navigation system to ensure it always takes the shortest route back home, to shade and safety.
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A colony of naked mole rats take time off from their labors to rest in a communal chamber. Mole rats escaped the tyranny of the sun over north Africa by going underground, but in doing so became the most extreme of specialists; losing their hair, their sight and even the ability to control their own body temperature. Naked mole rats are some of the Earth's strangest creatures — but that is what it takes to survive in north Africa.Episode 5

A colony of naked mole rats take time off from their labors to rest in a communal chamber. Mole rats escaped the tyranny of the sun over north Africa by going underground, but in doing so became the most extreme of specialists; losing their hair, their sight and even the ability to control their own body temperature. Naked mole rats are some of the Earth's strangest creatures — but that is what it takes to survive in north Africa.
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Deep snow covers cedar trees, a rare image of north Africa. The Sahara has been a desert for less than 10,000 years. A shift in the climate caused a rapid and catastrophic transformation in the north of the continent. Savannah turned to dust, lakes dried out and forests fell — except this one, an island in the sky on the slopes of the Atlas Mountains.Episode 5

Deep snow covers cedar trees, a rare image of north Africa. The Sahara has been a desert for less than 10,000 years. A shift in the climate caused a rapid and catastrophic transformation in the north of the continent. Savannah turned to dust, lakes dried out and forests fell — except this one, an island in the sky on the slopes of the Atlas Mountains.
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A Barbary macaque, clutching its infant, is perched in a cedar tree high in the Atlas Mountains in mid winter. Much of north Africa including the Sahara was once forested and this small patch is one of only a few areas that remain.Episode 5

A Barbary macaque, clutching its infant, is perched in a cedar tree high in the Atlas Mountains in mid winter. Much of north Africa including the Sahara was once forested and this small patch is one of only a few areas that remain.
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A barn swallow (Hirundo rustica), weighing less than 20 grams, signifies the arrival of summer in the UK — but only once they've made a truly remarkable journey, thousands of miles across the Sahara.Episode 5

A barn swallow (Hirundo rustica), weighing less than 20 grams, signifies the arrival of summer in the UK — but only once they've made a truly remarkable journey, thousands of miles across the Sahara.
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A fringe toed lizard keeps a beady eye out for its prey, in a stake out under the scorching sun. The lizard is adapted to withstand the heat but sometimes even it has to flee for the shade before its prey emerges onto the sand.Episode 5

A fringe toed lizard keeps a beady eye out for its prey, in a stake out under the scorching sun. The lizard is adapted to withstand the heat but sometimes even it has to flee for the shade before its prey emerges onto the sand.
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Photos from "Sahara"

The greatest desert on Earth, the Sahara is the size of the United States and the toughest part of the African continent. Animals like zebras, camels, lizards and monkeys fight hard to carve out a life in this vast wilderness.

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