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Largest deserts

The largest deserts are covered in ice and you might not think of it as a desert but a desert is an area that does not receive enough water from condensation of atmospheric water vapor – in particular rain – that falls under gravity and therefor not enough to support most forms of life. In Antarctica and the Arctic there is a lot of ice but very few animals and plants.

The polar deserts might shrink because of global warming while the subtropical deserts – those dry, sandy deserts – are expanding because of the same reason and because of desertification.

World’s largest deserts:

Desert Location Sq miles Sq km
1 Antarctic Desert Antarctica 5,339,573 13,829,430
2 Arctic Arctic 5,300,000 13,726,937
3 Sahara North Africa 3,474,920 9,000,000
4 Arabian Southwest Asia 900,000 2,330,000
5 Gobi Mongolia/China 500,002 1,295,000
6 Kalahari Southern Africa 360,000 900,000
7 Patagonian Argentina/Chile 260,000 670,000
8 Great Victorian Australia 250,000 647,000
9 Syrian Syria, Jordan, Iraq 200,000 520,000
10 Great Basin Desert United States 190,000 492,000

01/31/2012. Category: nature. Tags: .

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