AI has just revealed there are over 1.8 billion trees in the Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert Trees Forests Biodiversity

Advanced technology was used. as normal satellite imagery is unable to identify individual trees. Image: Unsplash/Martin Brandt

Maria Hornbek
Journalist at Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
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1.8 billion trees fill the 1.3 million square kilometer area that covers the western-most portion of the Sahara Desert.
The red rectangle marks the area where the trees were mapped. Image: U. Copenhagen

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