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  • Images show a thin layer of white snow resting on the dunes, such phenomena was last seen in Ain Sefra in 1979.

    Images show a thin layer of white snow resting on the dunes, such phenomena was last seen in Ain Sefra in 1979. | Photo: Facebook / Karim Bouchetata

Published 21 December 2016

Photos of the snowfall were taken in the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra, located in the Saharan Atlas Mountains.

An Algerian photographer has captured stunning images of the first snowfall in the Sahara desert in nearly 40 years — and he is excited because everyone is talking about him.

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“Photos of my city and my name in newspapers and outlets all over the world ... Thank God ... Thanks to my friends for encouraging me,” Karim Bouchetata wrote on Facebook.

Bouchetata took the images in his hometown, the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra, located in the Saharan Atlas Mountains, 28 miles east of the border with Morocco.

His images show a thin layer of white snow resting on the dunes, a phenomenon which according to Algerian media was last seen in Ain Sefra in 1979.

"It's always a pleasure to do business with French press," Bouchetata said in another post as he attached screenshots of several French-language outlets that have published his photos.

According to experts changes in global climate have pushed rain into the region, one of the driest and hottest places on Earth, which rests just a few hundred feet above sea level.

The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert and covers an area comparable to the United States. It is the third-largest desert overall after the Antarctica and the Arctic, both of which are cold deserts.

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