"no more account than a grain of sand in a black Sahara"
Le Sahara (1867), by Gustave Guillaumet
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLe Sahara (1867), by Gustave Guillaumet - Credit: Bertil Videt

The Sahara (from the Arabic Aṣ-Ṣaḥrā´ al-Kubrā, meaning the Great Desert) is the world's largest desert (not including the ice deserts of Antarctica and the Arctic). Stretching over 9.4 million square kilometres (3.6 million square miles) from the Red Sea to the outskirts of the Atlantic Ocean, it covers most of Northern Africa.