The age of the Sahara desert

  • Schuster M
  • Duringer P
  • Ghienne J
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Abstract

In the Sahara region, the age of onset of the desert condition has been uncertain until now. Here we report on the discovery of 7,000,000-year-old eolian dune deposits from the northern Chad Basin. This geological archive is the oldest known evidence for desert occurrence in the Sahara.

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Authors

  • Mathieu Schuster

  • Philippe Duringer

  • Jean François Ghienne

  • Patrick Vignaud

  • Hassan Taisso Mackaye

  • Andossa Likius

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