Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Where are the Deserts of the World?

Non-polar arid regions of the world. USGS Image. Click on image to enlarge it.

Did you ever wonder how many deserts are in the world? I did a little research and was astonished at how many deserts exist. Deserts are found on every continent, and each one is a little different. I'm thinking it would be an interesting goal to visit each desert, and I wonder if anyone ever has. 

Keep in mind that a desert is not necessarily hot, it just doesn't get much precipitation. If you missed the post about what is a desert, click here.

The following list of deserts comes from Wikipedia:

Africa
Sahara – the world's largest hot desert 
Kalahari – southern Africa
Namib – Southern Africa
Antarctica
Antarctica – the interior of the continent is the world's largest desert
Asia
Gobi – a desert in Mongolia
Taklamakan – a desert located in China
Ordos – a desert in northern China
Kara Kum – a large Central Asian desert
Kyzyl Kum – a desert located in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
Thar- Cholistan – a desert in India and Pakistan
Dasht-e Lut - a large salt desert in southeastern Iran ,and the hottest place on earth.
Dasht-e Kavir – a desert in center of Iran
Australia
Gibson Desert – a central Australian desert
Great Sandy Desert – a northwestern Australian desert
Great Victoria Desert
Simpson Desert – a central Australian desert
Little Sandy Desert – a western Australian desert
Strzelecki Desert – a south-central Australian desert
Tanami Desert – a northern Australian desert
New Zealand
Rangipo Desert – a barren high altitude desert on the North Island Volcanic Plateau in New Zealand
Europe
Accona Desert - a desert in Tuscany, Italy
Bardenas Reales - a desert in Navarra, Spain
Błędowska Desert – a desert located in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Deliblatska Peščara - a desert located in Vojvodina, Serbia
Hálendi – a region of Iceland and Europe's largest desert
Oltenian Sahara – a desert spanning approximately 80.000 hectares or 800 km² in the Romanian historical province of Oltenia
Tabernas Desert – a desert in Almería, Spain.
Middle East
Arabian Desert – a vast desert complex on the Arabian Peninsula comprising the Al-Dahna Desert, Empty Quarter, Nefud Desert and other deserts
Dasht-e Kavir – a desert in central Iran
Dasht-e Lut – a large salt desert in southeastern Iran
Judean Desert – a desert in eastern Israel and in the West Bank
Negev – a desert located in southern Israel
Desert of Sin / Zin Desert (Bible usage) – a desert located on the Sinai Peninsula
North America
Great Basin Desert – the largest desert in North America, located in the western United States
Mojave Desert – a desert located primarily in southeastern California
Chihuahuan Desert – the second largest desert in North America, in the United States and Mexico
Sonoran Desert – a desert located in the United States and Mexico
South America
Patagonian Desert – the largest desert by area in the Americas, located in Argentina
La Guajira Desert – a desert in northern Colombia
Atacama – a desert in Chile, the driest place on Earth
Sechura Desert – a desert located along a portion of the northwestern coast of South America
Monte Desert – in Argentina, a smaller desert above the Patagonian

So which desert would you like to visit next?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Southwest Madagascar is also very arid.
It is the only desert that i have visited.
Rainfall is around 8 inches a year.

Cheap Viagra Online said...

I would like to know the Sahara, the world's largest hot desert, this could be an amazing trip, thanks for the info..

Mark Benson said...

Deserts are present all around the world and quite visited by travellers for spending a sandy holiday tour. Like wise a number of adventurers go for cheap flights to Melbourne and enter Australia to visit the deserts it is home to. There are plenty of desert one can have a tour of and that will definitely be quite amusing.

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