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The Sahara desert creeps up on a palm field. Fadel Senna /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Scientist Dreams Up A Plan To Stop The Sahara From Expanding

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Janet Kamara, who is from Liberia, sits during an interview conducted in an International Organization for Migration transit center in Arlit, Niger, on June 2. Kamara was expelled from Algeria and left stranded in the Sahara while pregnant. "Our baby was killed; women were lying dead, men. ... Other people got missing in the desert because they didn't know the way," she told the AP. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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It was no mere flurry that hit the area. In some parts of the region surrounding Ain Sefra, as much as 16 inches of snow fell Sunday. Karim Bouchetata/Geoff Robinson hide caption

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