THE LARGEST DESERTS IN THE WORLD

The largest deserts in the world are arid region generally receiving less than 250mm (10 inches) of precipitation a year. It is estimated that about one third of the land surface of the earth is either arid or semi-arid. The deserts found on Earth are extremely diverse, each unique in their own way. Because of the diversity of deserts under this definition, they have been split into sub-regions: Sub-Tropical Deserts, Cool Coastal Deserts, Cold Winter Deserts, and Polar Deserts. However, two main categories can be distinguished: the polar deserts and the non-polar deserts. The largest desert in the world is a polar desert extending across 14,000,000 km2: Antarctica. Located around the South Pole, it is the driest, windiest, and coldest continent on earth. The entirety of Antarctica is a desert - the continent receives less than 200mm of precipitation every year. The world’s second largest desert is also a polar desert: the Arctic desert. It stretches across the northern parts of Russia, Canada, Greenland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The Sahara Desert, the third largest desert in the world, is the world's largest non-polar desert. It is a hot desert covering a surface of about 9,000,000 km2. The Sahara extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the west, to the Mediterranean in the north and to the Red Sea in the east. There are 10 countries in Africa that have some part of their nation in the Sahara desert. It has some of the largest sand dunes in the world. The ten greatest deserts in the world are as follows: 1. Antarctica 2. Arctic 3. Sahara 4. Arabian Desert (UAE and Gulf countries) 5. Gobi Desert (Mongolia an China) 6. Kalahari Desert (Southern Africa) 7. Great Victoria Desert (Australia) 8. Patagonian desert (Argentina and Chile) 9. Syrian Desert (Iraq, Jordan, Syria) 10. Great Basin Desert (USA) (Image: Antarctica desert seen from space/NASA)

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