List of deserts by area

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This is a list of deserts in the world by area. It includes all deserts with an area greater than 50,000 square kilometres (19,300 sq mi).

Some of the Earth's biggest deserts
Rank Name Type Image Area
(km²)
Area
(sq mi)
Location
1 Antarctica Cold Winter Antarctica surface.jpg 14,000,000 14,000,000 05,400,000 5,400,000 Antarctica
2 Sahara Subtropical Sahara satellite hires.jpg 09,100,000 9,400,000+ 03,320,000 3,320,000+ Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia and Western Sahara
3 Arabian Desert Subtropical Arabian Desert.png 02,331,000 2,330,000[1] 00,900,000 900,000 Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen
4 Gobi Desert Cold Winter Gobi.png 01,300,000 1,300,000 00,500,000 500,000 China and Mongolia
5 Kalahari Desert Subtropical Kalahari.png 00,900,000 900,000[2] 00,360,000 360,000 Angola, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa
6 Patagonian Desert Cold Winter Patagonian.png 00,673,000 670,000 00,260,000 260,000 Argentina and Chile
7 Great Victoria Desert Subtropical IBRA 6.1 Great Victoria Desert.png 00,647,000 647,000[3] 00,250,000 250,000 Australia
8 Syrian Desert Subtropical Syrian Desert.png 00,520,000 520,000[3] 00,200,000 200,000 Iraq, Jordan and Syria
9 Great Basin Desert Cold Winter Greatbasinmap.png 00,492,000 492,000[3] 00,190,000 190,000 United States
10 Chihuahuan Desert Subtropical Chihuahua desert.jpg 00,450,000 450,000[3] 00,175,000 175,000 Mexico and United States
11 Great Sandy Desert Subtropical Australia deserts.PNG 00,400,000 400,000[3] 00,150,000 150,000 Australia
12 Karakum Desert Cold Winter Karakum.png 00,350,000 350,000[3] 00,135,000 135,000 Turkmenistan
13 Colorado Plateau Cold Winter Four corners.jpg 00,337,000 337,000[3] 00,130,000 130,000 United States
14 Sonoran Desert Subtropical Mojave-sonoran deserts.png 00,310,000 310,000[3] 00,120,000 120,000 Mexico and United States
15 Kyzyl Kum Cold Winter Kyzyl Kum.png 00,300,000 300,000[3] 00,115,000 115,000 Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
16 Taklamakan Desert Cold Winter Taklamakan.png 00,270,000 270,000 00,105,000 105,000 China
17 Thar Desert Subtropical Thar Desert satellite.jpg 00,200,000 200,000[4] 00,077,000 77,000 India and Pakistan
18 Gibson Desert Subtropical IBRA 6.1 Gibson Desert.png 00,155,000 156,000[5] 00,060,000 60,000 Australia
19 Simpson Desert Subtropical Simpson-Desert-2007-12-16-NASA.jpg 00,145,000 145,000[3] 00,056,000 56,000 Australia
20 Atacama Desert Cool Coastal Atacama.png 00,140,000 140,000[3] 00,054,000 54,000 Chile and Peru
21 Mojave Desert Subtropical Mojave-sonoran deserts.png 00,124,000 124,000[6][7] 00,048,000 48,000 United States
22 Namib Desert Cool Coastal Namib desert MODIS.jpg 00,081,000 81,000[3] 00,031,000 31,000 Angola and Namibia
23 Dasht-e Kavir Subtropical Kavir.png 00,077,000 77,000[8] 00,030,000 30,000 Iran
24 Dasht-e Lut Subtropical Dasht-e Lut Iran 2006-02-28 ISS012-E-18779.jpg 00,052,000 52,000[8] 00,020,000 20,000 Iran

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arabian Desert". Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  2. ^ Bass, Karen (2009-02-01). "Nature's Great Events:The Okavango Delta, Kalahari Desert". press.uchicago.edu. University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Largest Desert in the World". Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  4. ^ Thar Desert - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  5. ^ "Interesting facts about Western Australia". landgate.wa.gov.au. Western Australian Land Information Authority. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  6. ^ "Mapping Perennial Vegetation Cover in the Mojave Desert". pubs.usgs.gov. USGS Western Geographic Science Center. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  7. ^ "Recoverability and Vulnerability of Desert Ecosystems". http://mojave.usgs.gov/. USGS. 2006-03-03. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  8. ^ a b Wright, John W. (ed.); Editors and reporters of The New York Times (2006). The New York Times Almanac (2007 ed.). New York, New York: Penguin Books. p. 456. ISBN 0-14-303820-6.