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The Sahara, the "Greatest Desert," stretches 3.5 million square miles and contains sand dunes as tall as 600 feet in height. From a visual standpoint, the Sahara is just as large as the entire United States of America. It covers the northern region of Africa and encompasses the states of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia. The Sahara is also home to a variety of geographical zones: dry valleys, grassland, gravel plains, highlands, salt falts, sand seas, and stone plateaus, as well as some rain. The most famed piece of land is the Richat Structure. It is believed to be a meteorite crater and looks like a bull's eye from space.
Despite the climate, the Sahara has been home to several famous civilizations: the Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Greeks. It was later the subject of European imperialism in the 19th century. After World War II ended, most states were independent and continue to thrive on deposits of oil, natural gas, salt, and gold. Arabic is the most spoken language in the region.
Ra's al Ghul kept a fortress somewhere in the Sahara Desert. It houses a Lazarus Pit and became the focal point of one of his plans in the 1990's. Utilizing his satellite, Orpheus, Ra's would remotely activate bombs laid near every Lazarus Pit during the alignment of the Sun and Moon and erupt every Pit and remake the world. Batman parachuted into the Sahara and infiltrated a caravan headed to the fortress. In the battle, the fortress was blown up and Ra's al Ghul seemingly perished but survived unknown to anyone. Around the same time, the Kryptonian war criminals Jax-Ur and Mala were sighted in the Sahara as they sought to conquer the planet in Superman's absence.