List of deserts by area

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This is a list of the largest deserts in the world by area. It includes all deserts above 50,000 km2 (19,300 sq mi).

Some of Earth's biggest deserts
Rank Name Type Image Area
(km2)
Area
(sq mi)
Location
1 ANTARTICA

]] || Polar ice and tundra || Antarctica surface.jpg || 14,000,000 14,000,000 || 05,405,000 5,405,000 || Antarctica

2 Sahara Subtropical Sahara satellite hires.jpg 09,000,000 9,000,000+ 03,300,000 3,300,000+ Northern Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, the Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara)
Western Africa (Mali, Mauritania, and Niger)
Eastern Africa (Eritrea)
Middle Africa (Chad)
3 Russian Arctic Ice and tundra Map of the Russian Extreme North.svg 05,500,000 5,500,000 02,100,000 2,100,000 Asia (Russia)
4 Australian Desert Subtropical Australia-climate-map MJC01.png 02,700,000 2,700,000 01,000,000 1,000,000 Australia
5 Arabian Desert Subtropical Arabian Desert.png 02,330,000 2,330,000[1] 00,900,000 900,000 Western Asia (Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen)
6 Gobi Desert Cold winter Gobi.png 01,300,000 1,295,000 00,500,000 500,000 Eastern Asia (China and Mongolia)
7 Kalahari Desert Subtropical Kalahari.png 00,900,000 900,000[2] 00,360,000 360,000 Southern Africa (Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa)
8 Patagonian Desert Cold winter Patagonian.png 00,673,000 620,000 00,260,000 200,000 South America (Argentina)
9 Syrian Desert Subtropical Syrian Desert.png 00,520,000 520,000[3] 00,200,000 200,000 Western Asia (Iraq, Jordan, and Syria)
10 Great Basin Cold winter Greatbasinmap.png 00,492,000 492,000[3] 00,190,000 190,000 United States
11 Chihuahuan Desert Subtropical Chihuahua desert.jpg 00,450,000 450,000[3] 00,175,000 175,000 Central America (Mexico)
Northern America (United States)
12 Karakum Desert Cold winter Karakum.png 00,350,000 350,000[3] 00,135,000 135,000 Eurasia (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 Central America (Mexico)
Northern America (United States)
15 Kyzylkum Desert Cold winter Kyzyl Kum.png 00,300,000 300,000[3] 00,115,000 115,000 Eurasia (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan)
16 Taklamakan Desert Cold winter Taklamakan.png 00,270,000 270,000 00,105,000 105,000 China
17 Ogaden Desert Subtropical Ogaden Desert.jpg 00,256,000 256,000 00,099,000 99,000 Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia and Somaliland)
18 Thar Desert Subtropical Thar Desert satellite.jpg 00,200,000 200,000[4] 00,077,000 77,000 Southern Asia (India and Pakistan)
19 Puntland Desert Subtropical Somalia BMNG.png 00,200,000 200,000 00,077,000 77,000 Africa (Northeast Somalia)
20 Ustyurt Plateau Temperate Ustyurt Plateau USAID.jpg 00,200,000 200,000 00,077,000 77,000 Eurasia (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan)
21 Guban Desert Subtropical Somalia BMNG.png 00,175,000 175,000 00,068,000 68,000 Africa (Somaliland)
22 Namib Desert Cool coastal Namib desert MODIS.jpg 00,160,000 160,000 00,062,000 62,000 Middle Africa (Angola)
Southern Africa (Namibia and South Africa)
23 Dasht-e Margo Subtropical Kavir.png 00,150,000 150,000 00,058,000 58,000 Afghanistan
24 Registan Desert Subtropical The shifting dunes of the Northern Registan Desert 00,146,000 146,000 00,056,400 56,400 Afghanistan
25 Atacama Desert Mild coastal Atacama.png 00,140,000 140,000[3] 00,054,000 54,000 South America (Chile and Peru)
26 Danakil Desert Subtropical The Danakil Desert.png 00,137,000 137,000 00,053,000 53,000 Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti)
27 Mojave Desert Subtropical Mojave-sonoran deserts.png 00,124,000 124,000[5][6] 00,048,000 48,000 United States
28 Chalbi Desert Subtropical Chalbi Desert Satellite.jpg 00,100,000 100,000 00,039,000 39,000 Africa (Kenya)
29 Columbia Basin Cold winter Level IV ecoregions, Columbia Plateau.png 00,081,000 83,100[3] 00,031,000 32,100 United States
30 Dasht-e Kavir Subtropical Kavir.png 00,077,000 77,000[7] 00,030,000 30,000 Iran
31 Ferlo Desert Subtropical Ferlo Desert.jpg 00,070,000 70,000 00,027,000 27,000 Africa (Senegal)
32 Dasht-e Lut Subtropical Dasht-e Lut Iran 2006-02-28 ISS012-E-18779.jpg 00,052,000 52,000[7] 00,020,000 20,100 Iran

References[edit]

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