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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Thousands of fishermen empty lake in minutes - Human Planet

 

On one day of the year the Dogon people of Mali can fish in the sacred water of Lake Antogo. It's every fisherman for himself as the lake is emptied in minutes.


 

Deserts episode facts

• A desert is defined as a place where less than 25cm (10 inches) of rain falls in a year.

• Deserts cover around a third of the Earth’s surface. Due to climate change and increased desertification, deserts are expanding faster than any other habitat on Earth.

• Temperatures soar to 58C in some of the hottest deserts, but there are cold deserts too like the Gobi in Mongolia where winter temperatures drop to –40C.

• Incredibly despite the harsh conditions around 300 million people live in deserts round the world.

• Sandstorms can build to 5000m in height covering areas the size of Britain, creating walls of sand so vast they can be seen from space.

• Sand from Saharan sandstorms can sometimes travel as far as the UK.

• Technically Antarctica is the driest desert in the world. The driest sand desert is the Atacama in Chile.

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