The 10 Largest Deserts

The 10 Largest Deserts

1 Antarctic Desert

1 Antarctic Desert – The Antarctic Desert is the largest desert in the world with an area of 5,339,573 sq miles (13,829,430 sq km)


2 Arctic Desert

2 Arctic Desert – The Arctic Desert covers an area of over 5.3MM square miles, making it the worlds second largest desert


3 Sahara

3 Sahara – Well known as the worlds largest sand/hot desert, the Sahara covers an area of nearly 3.5MM square miles or 9MM square km


4 Arabian Desert

4 Arabian Desert – The Arabian Desert – located in western Asia – covers most of the Arabian peninsula for an area of over 900k square miles


5 Gobi Desert

5 Gobi Desert – The Gobi Desert is located in Mongolia/China and covers an area of over 500,000 square miles (nearly twice the size of texas)


6 Kalahari Desert

6 Kalahari Desert – The Kalahari desert is located in southern Africa and covers over 360k square miles (900k square km)


7 Patagonian Desert

7 Patagonian Desert – South America is home to two amazing deserts. The Patagonian desert is the 7th largest desert in the world, covering an area of 260k square miles. ┬áThe Atacama desert – not from the patagonian desert – is the driest place on earth, with some parts not having seen rain in 600+ years. ┬áLiterally nothing lives there.


8 Great Victorian Desert

8 Great Victorian Desert – the Great Victorian Desert, located in central Australia, covers a landmass of 250,000 square miles


9 Syrian Desert

9 Syrian Desert – the Syrian Desert, covering parts of Syria, Jordan, and Iraq, covers 200k sq miles (an area larger than the state of California)


10 Great Basin Desert

10 Great Basin Desert – The Great Basin Desert is the largest desert in North America and covers nearly 200k square miles across the southern United States


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