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best sunset watching Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert, Africa

Except for the occasional camel, all you'll see stretching across miles and miles of the Sahara Desert  is rippling sand. The Sahara covers more than 3.5 million square miles of Africa — nearly 10 percent of the continent — but one great place to watch the sunset is at "the door of the desert" in Ouarzazate, Morocco. And if you've been out all day in this harsh climate, the sunset is a welcome change to the monotonous view. On a cloudless day, it looks like a slowly descending burning ball that casts its orange light throughout the barren landscape until gradually fading into blue. From any given place in Africa's massive desert, the beauty of sunset is so great that you might think you're looking at a mirage. Waves of sand lap at the heels of the sun until it's been fully engulfed and all that's left is a navy blue sky.

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Best places to watch the sunset

There's some kind of magic that happens when the sun drifts down. The world seems to glow with bright light and brilliant color, but just for an instant before the darkness sets in. And even though the sun setting is a commonplace event — it happens every day — it remains one of the finest natural wonders. The nine sunset spots on this list are diverse in their locales, from mountaintops to oceansides and everywhere in between. So come take a virtual ride into the sunset with us. Same sun; nine different settings. By Emily H. Bratcher | U.S. News

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