Discovery's Amazing Africa Focuses on the Massive Sahara Desert
The size of the United States, the Sahara in the northern part of Africa
is the toughest region to survive. Covering one third of the
continent, sandstorms stretch for a thousand miles and rain may not fall
here for 50 years.
Some creatures, like the naked mole rat, avoid the
heat by living a bizarre, underground existence. Tiny barn swallows
must navigate thousands of miles of barren sand to find a single
life-saving oasis. But the silver ant, making its global debut in Africa (Discovery, 10pm) , is specially designed to take on the midday sun due to its
special "metal jacket" of silver hairs that reflects the sun's brutal
And with the help of five solar-powered cameras left in the
Tunisian desert for 20 months - thought to be the longest time lapse
footage ever - watch as the sand dunes shift and take shape.