Sahara Desert

The Age Of The Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert The Sahara Desert has what it is called a Prevailing Wind Pattern. This means that the prevailing wind over the Sahara desert almost always blows from the same direction. This creates a problem. The hot air that blows off the desert dehydrates the trees near the edge of the desert. These dehydrated trees die, and the area of dead trees in then incorporated into the desert, causing the Sahara desert to increase in size every year. This process is called “desertification”.

The Sahara Desert is only 1300 miles North to South and it is growing at the rate of four miles per year. Geophysicists announced recently that “the Sahara Desert is about 4,000 years old” based on extensive studies of growth patterns of the Sahara desert, (quoted from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. July 15, 1999 Geophysical Research Letters).

  • If the Earth is billions of years old, why is there not an older desert on the Earth?
  • Why is the oldest desert on Earth only 4,000 years old?

According to the Bible:

  • God created the Heavens and the Earth 6,000 years ago approximately.
  • 4,400 years ago there was a world wide Flood.
  • As the crust of the Earth was broken up, and water ran off the land, the geography was dramatically altered.
  • Quite soon the continents stabilised, and then vegetation started to grow again.
  • According to Biblical teaching, we would therefore expect the oldest desert in the world to have an age of approximately 4,400 years, or younger.
  • The 4,000 year old age of the Sahara Desert tends to confirm the Biblical account.

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