Thursday, 6 March 2014

Top 10 Largest Deserts in the World


Rank Desert Area(km2) Area(sq miles) Location
1 Antarctic Desert* 13,829,430 5,339,573 Antarctica
2 Arctic Desert* 13,726,937 5,300,000 Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia
3 Sahara 9,400,000 3,320,000 Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia and Western Sahara
4 Arabian Desert 2,330,000 900,000 Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen
5 Gobi Desert 1,300,000 500,000 China and Mongolia
6 Kalahari Desert 900,000 360,000 Angola, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa
7 Patagonian Desert 670,000 260,000 Argentina and Chile
8 Great Victoria Desert 647,000 250,000 Australia
9 Syrian Desert 520,000 200,000 Iraq, Jordan and Syria
10 Great Basin Desert 492,000 190,000 United States

*The two largest deserts on Earth are in the polar areas: Antarctic and Arctic. The rest of Earth's deserts are outside of the polar areas.From Outside the polar regions, Sahara is the largest desert in the world.

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