Major Deserts of the World

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Sahara Desert

The Sahara is technically the world's second largest desert after Antarctica. It covers most parts of northern Africa; an area stretching from the Red sea, including parts of the Mediterranean coasts, to the outskirts of the Atlantic ocean. It is almost as large as the United States, and is larger than Australia.

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Sahara Desert
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Gobi Desert

The Gobi is a large desert region in China and southern Mongolia. The desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altay Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southeast. This desert is both Asia's largest and the fourth largest in the world.

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Gobi Desert
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Gobi Desert Map

Map of The Gobi Desert. The Gobi is most notable in history as part of the great Mongol Empire, and as the location of several important cities along the Silk Road.The Gobi is a rain shadow desert formed by the Himalaya range blocking rain-carrying clouds from reaching the Gobi.

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Gobi Desert Map
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Arabian Desert

The Arabian Desert is a vast desert wilderness stretching from Yemen to the Persian Gulf and Oman to Jordan and Iraq. It occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula. At its center is the Rub-al-Khali, one of the largest continuous bodies of sand in the world. The climate is extremely dry, and temperatures oscillate between extreme heat and seasonal nighttime freezes.

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Takalamakan Desert

The Taklamakan Desert is a desert of Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. It is known as one of the largest sandy deserts in the world.This Satellite Image Map gives a Good Overview of the Tarim River Flow Area and the Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang-Uygur Autonomous Region of North and Western China.

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Takalamakan Desert
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Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari Desert is a large arid to semi-arid sandy area in southern Kgalagadi Africa, covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa, as semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains. The Kalahari Desert is in Africa at the southern part and the desert is a portion of desert and a plateau.

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Kalahari Desert
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Thar Desert

The Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert, is a desert located in western India and southeastern Pakistan. It lies mostly in the Indian state of Rajasthan, and extends into the southern portion of Haryana and Punjab states and into northern Gujarat state.

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Thar Desert
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Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert is a virtually rainless plateau in South America, between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is created by the rain shadow of the Andes east of the desert. It is mostly in Chile, but parts in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. It is made up of salt basins, sand and lava flows, and is 15 million years old and 100 times more arid than California's Death Valley.The Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth.

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Atacama Desert
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Namib Desert

The Namib Desert, 85 million years old, runs the whole length of Namibia's coastline from Angola to South Africa like a vast beach, encompassing the Skeleton Coast en route.

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Namib Desert
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Patagonian Desert

The Patagonian Desert, is the largest desert in Argentina and is the 7th largest desert in the world by area, occupying 673,000 square kilometers. It is located primarily in Argentina with small parts in Chile and is bounded by the Andes, to its west, and the Atlantic Ocean to its east, in the region of Patagonia, southern Argentina.

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Patagonian Desert
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