Sahara is a action - adventure comedy film directed by Breck Eisner that is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Clive Cussler. It ultimately failed to recoup all of its costs and is among the biggest box-office failures of all-time. The story begins in , at the end of the American Civil War. With the city of Richmond, Virginia in ruins after being bombarded by Union artillery. The ironclad CSS Texas , captained by Mason Tombs, is loaded with the last of the Confederacy 's treasury gold in a final effort to prevent it from being captured by Union forces. The CSS Texas then makes a desperate attempt to run the Union naval blockade under heavy attack and disappears into the darkness
The Sahara Desert is the world's largest hot desert and the third largest desert behind Antarctica and the Arctic. Located in North Africa, it covers large sections of the continent - covering 9,, square kilometers which is comparable to the are of China or the US! The Sahara is the hottest desert in the world — with one of the harshest climates. The area receives little rainfall, in fact, half of the Sahara Desert receives less than 1 inch of rain every year. Snow falls regularly on several mountain ranges, but nowhere else in the Sahara.
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Filling nearly all of northern Africa , it measures approximately 3, miles 4, km from east to west and between and 1, miles from north to south and has a total area of some 3,, square miles 8,, square km ; the actual area varies as the desert expands and contracts over time. The Sahara is bordered in the west by the Atlantic Ocean , in the north by the Atlas Mountains and Mediterranean Sea , in the east by the Red Sea , and in the south by the Sahel —a semiarid region that forms a transitional zone between the Sahara to the north and the belt of humid savannas to the south. The southern reaches of the Sahara end in the Sahel , a semiarid buffer zone that separates the desert from the more temperate savanna biomes beyond. Some scientists estimate that the Sahara became arid about two to three million years ago, while others contend that it happened before this. Though boasting an extremely low primary productivity, the Sahara does manage to support some life. Many of the organisms that can survive have been able to do so with adaptations for arid environments: for example, many herbaceous plants found in the Sahara are ephemerals , meaning that almost all of their life cycle—from germination to seed dispersal—occurs in the two- to three-week period after a heavy rain. Animals such as the desert snail survive by using estivation, a period of dormancy that some animals can enter when encountering extreme environmental stress. Other organisms, although adapted more for a Mediterranean or tropical climate than an arid one, have persisted in the Sahara mostly by sticking to its slightly more hospitable highlands and oases.
Celebrate National Dog Day with a look at some shows that feature a few of the most adorable dogs on TV. Watch the video. Master explorer and former US Navy Seal Dirk Pitt and his wisecracking buddy Al Giordino goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War ironclad battleship known as the "Ship of Death" that protects a secret cargo is lost somewhere in the deserts of West Africa. But while the two cross paths with a beautiful and brilliant U. Eva Rojas who is being hounded by a ruthless dictator. She believes that the hidden treasure may be connected to a larger problem that threatens the world around them. Hunting for a ship that no one else thinks exists, Dirk, Al, and Eva must rely on their wits and their daring heroics to outsmart dangerous warlords, survive the threatening terrain, and get to the bottom of both mysteries. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it probably would not have worked as well without the comedic duo of Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zahn.