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Top 10 Largest Deserts in the World

Among the many wonders that mother nature has bestowed upon us, the desert is undoubtedly among the most amazing phenomena on our planet. The desert landscape is defined by areas of extremely low rainfall year-round. This extreme lack of rain makes life almost impossible, for both animals and plants, but also very difficult for humans (although modern technology helps us somewhat in the problem). there). Only a few plants and species can survive naturally in these extreme conditions.


If you thought these extremely arid land surfaces were rare on our planet, think again. About 33% or pretty much exactly 1/3 of the Earth's area can be classified as desert land. Indeed, each continent consists of a certain amount of desert area.

Top 10 Largest Deserts in the World
Top 10 Largest Deserts in the World

When most people think of deserts, they think of hot regions with nothing but sand visible to the naked eye. It is true that most deserts are actually hot deserts. However, there are also cold deserts or "polar deserts" as they are known.


These deserts are located around the two polar circles at the North Pole and the South Pole. In fact, cold deserts are even less life-friendly and less habitable than hot deserts. The entire surface can be covered with nothing but ice and snow (forming from a few rare snowfalls in these areas and then just lying on the ground with very slow melting). However, cold (non-polar) deserts can also include dunes and are optically similar to hot deserts.


Top 10 largest deserts in the world

Area size: ~14.2 million square kilometers / ~5.5 million square miles


Area size: ~13.9 million square kilometers / ~5.4 million square miles


Area size: ~9.2 million square kilometers / ~3.6 million square miles


Area size: ~2.3 million square kilometers / ~890,000 square miles


Area size: ~1.3 million square kilometers / ~500,000 square miles


Area size: ~900,000 square kilometers / ~350,000 square miles


Area size: ~670,000 square kilometers / ~260,000 square miles


Area size: ~520,000 square kilometers / ~ 200,000 square miles

Area size: ~490,000 square kilometers / ~190,000 square miles


Area size: ~360,000 square kilometers / ~140,000 square miles

Whether it's a hot desert or a cold desert, the desert area can be quite as large as you can imagine. The 10 largest deserts in the world are in fact larger than most countries on the planet. The following chart presents you with the 10 largest deserts in the world and will, therefore, tell you how large these extreme regions are. Just a note: The 4 largest deserts in the world are also often recognized as the harshest deserts in the world….


Top 10 largest deserts in the world


1. Antarctic Desert

Area: ~14.2 million square kilometers / ~5.5 million square miles

Antarctic Desert
Antarctic Desert

Location: Antarctica

Desert type: Extremely cold desert


 

2. Arctic Desert

Area: ~13.9 million square kilometers / ~5.4 million square miles

Arctic Desert
Arctic Desert

Location: Arctic Circle (parts of Greenland/Denmark, Russia, Canada, USA, Finland, Sweden, Norway & Iceland)

Desert type: Extremely cold desert


 

3. Sahara Desert

Area: ~9.1 million square kilometers / ~3.5 million square miles

Sahara Desert
Sahara Desert

Location: North Africa (parts of Algeria, Libya, Chad, Egypt, Mauritania, Mali, Western Sahara/Morocco, Sudan & Tunisia)

Desert type: Arid desert


 

4. Arabian Desert

Area: ~2.3 million square kilometers / ~890,000 square miles

Arabian Desert
Arabian Desert

Location: Middle East/West Asia (parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Iraq, UAE, Jordan, Bahrain & Qatar)

Desert type: Arid desert


 

5. Gobi Desert

Diện tích: ~ 1,3 triệu km vuông / ~ 500.000 dặm vuông

Gobi Desert
Gobi Desert

Location: East Asia (parts of China and Mongolia)

Desert Type: Cold Desert


 

6. Kalahari Desert

Diện tích: ~ 930.000 km vuông / ~ 360.000 dặm vuông

Kalahari Desert
Kalahari Desert

Location: South Africa (parts of Botswana, Namibia & South Africa)

Desert type: Hot semi-arid desert


 

7. Patagonian Desert

Area: ~670,000 square kilometers / ~260,000 square miles

Patagonian Desert
Patagonian Desert

Location: South America (parts of Argentina & Chile)

Desert Type: Cold Desert


 

8. Syria Desert

Area: ~520,000 square kilometers / ~ 200,000 square miles

Syria Desert
Syria Desert

Location: Middle East (parts of Syria, Jordan & Iraq)

Desert type: Hot semi-arid desert


 

9. Great Basin Desert

Area: ~490,000 square kilometers / ~190,000 square miles

Great Basin Desert
Great Basin Desert

Location: United States (part of the US states of Nevada & Utah)

Desert Type: Cold Desert


 

10. Chihuahuan Desert

Area: ~360,000 square kilometers / ~140,000 square miles

Chihuahuan Desert
Chihuahuan Desert

Location: North America (parts of Mexico & USA)

Desert type: Hot semi-arid desert


 

Top 10 largest deserts in the world

1. Antarctic Desert

Area size: ~14.2 million square kilometers / ~5.5 million square miles


2. Arctic Desert

Area size: ~13.9 million square kilometers / ~5.4 million square miles


3. Sahara Desert

Area size: ~9.2 million square kilometers / ~3.6 million square miles


4. Arabian Desert

Area size: ~2.3 million square kilometers / ~890,000 square miles


5. Gobi Desert

Area size: ~1.3 million square kilometers / ~500,000 square miles


6. Kalahari Desert

Area size: ~900,000 square kilometers / ~350,000 square miles


7. Patagonian Desert

Area size: ~670,000 square kilometers / ~260,000 square miles


8. Syrian Desert

Area size: ~520,000 square kilometers / ~ 200,000 square miles

9. Great Basin Desert

Area size: ~490,000 square kilometers / ~190,000 square miles


10. Chihuahuan Desert

Area size: ~360,000 square kilometers / ~140,000 square miles


Ranking of the 10 largest deserts on Earth based on desert size by area in square kilometers and miles. Only earth deserts are counted here, Mars deserts are therefore not classified for this ranking.


 

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