June 17th is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.” Here is the post by astronaut Luca Parmitano of Sahara Desert captured from ISS. As he commented, “The African desert winds raise sand and dust for hundreds of kilometres” and desertification can readily expand without shelterbelt forests.

Credit: Luca Parmitano, ESA, NASA

This is the World Atlas of Desertification released by European Commission.

The local scenery on the ground of desert storm in Algeria is as follows.

Credit: Meteo Algerie

Reference: Luca Parmitano’s Tweet
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