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

Some of Earth's biggest deserts
Rank Name Type Image Area
(km²)
Area
(sq mi)
Location
1 Antarctica Polar ice and tundra Antarctica surface.jpg 14,000,000 14,000,000 05,400,000 5,500,000 Antarctica
2 Arctic Polar ice and tundra 13,985,000 5,400,000 Arctic (Alaska, Canada, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden)
3 Sahara Subtropical Sahara satellite hires.jpg 12,000,000 9,000,000+ 03,300,000 3,300,000+ North Africa (Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia)
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, United Arab Emirates and Yemen)
6 Gobi Desert Cold Winter Gobi.png 01,300,000 1,295,000 00,500,000 500,000 East Asia (China and Mongolia)
7 Kalahari Desert Subtropical Kalahari.png 00,900,000 900,000[2] 00,360,000 360,000 Southern Africa (Angola, 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 and Chile)
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 North America (Mexico and the United States)
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 North America (Mexico and the United States)
15 Kyzylkum Desert Cold Winter Kyzyl Kum.png 00,300,000 300,000[3] 00,115,000 115,000 Central Asia (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 South Asia (India and Pakistan)
18 Dasht-e Margo Subtropical Kavir.png 00,150,000 150,000 00,058,000 58,000 Afghanistan
19 Registan Desert Subtropical The shifting dunes of the Northern Registan Desert 00,146,000 146,000 00,056,400 56,400 Afghanistan
20 Atacama Desert Mild Coastal Atacama.png 00,140,000 140,000[3] 00,054,000 54,000 South America (Chile and Peru)
21 Mojave Desert Subtropical Mojave-sonoran deserts.png 00,124,000 124,000[5][6] 00,048,000 48,000 United States
22 Columbia Basin Cold Winter Level IV ecoregions, Columbia Plateau.png 00,081,000 83,100[3] 00,031,000 32,100 United States
23 Namib Desert Cool Coastal Namib desert MODIS.jpg 00,081,000 81,000[3] 00,031,000 31,000 Southern Africa (Angola and Namibia)
24 Dasht-e Kavir Subtropical Kavir.png 00,077,000 77,000[7] 00,030,000 30,000 Iran
25 Dasht-e Loot Subtropical Dasht-e Lut Iran 2006-02-28 ISS012-E-18779.jpg 00,052,000 52,000[7] 00,020,000 20,100 Iran

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arabian Desert". Retrieved 2007-12-28.
  2. ^ Bass, Karen (2009-02-01). "Nature's Great Events:The Okavango Delta, Kalahari Desert" (PDF). press.uchicago.edu. University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Largest Desert in the World". Retrieved 2011-12-27.
  4. ^ Thar Desert - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  5. ^ "Mapping Perennial Vegetation Cover in the Mojave Desert" (PDF). pubs.usgs.gov. USGS Western Geographic Science Center. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
  6. ^ "Recoverability and Vulnerability of Desert Ecosystems". mojave.usgs.gov. USGS. 2006-03-03. Archived from the original on 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
  7. ^ a b Wright, John W., ed. (2006). The New York Times Almanac (2007 ed.). New York, New York: Penguin Books. p. 456. ISBN 0-14-303820-6.