The Mysterious People That Lived in the Green Sahara

For almost 10,000 years, this was a land filled with lakes, rivers, and forests. But what happened to its people?

Sajjad Choudhury

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Image Credits: dontfearme / Source: Earthlymission

TThe Sahara Desert is a desolate place, and for thousands of years, it acted as an impassable barrier dividing humans, animals, and even plants. But it wasn’t always like this. The Sahara desert was once green and lush with freshwater lakes the size of countries, fast-flowing rivers that cascaded down valleys, and forests so dense that you’d think you were in the Amazon.

But then, something changed. The water basins dried up, the trees shrivelled away, and the rolling green hills transformed into an inhospitable wasteland. How did it go from being a paradise to a scorching hell?

Scientists have discovered that roughly every 20,000 years, the Earth shifts its axis, meaning that over the last 240,000 years, the Sahara has gone through multiple periods of wet and dry climates.

The last ‘green’ period ended around 5,000 years ago and led to the growing desertification of the region. Unfortunately, that’s the period we’re in now, and it’ll last for yet another 10,000 years.

But for those that lived in the Sahara during the ‘green’ period, what was life like? What would they…

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Sajjad Choudhury

Product Operations Lead @ Onfido | I create relationship wellbeing content, digital products and run an IG page. Check it out - https://linktr.ee/saish_coaching