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Largest Deserts in the World

Rank Name Type,
Area (km²),
Location
1 Antarctic Desert Type: Polar
Area: 13,829,430
Location : Antarctica
2 Sahara Type: Subtropical
Area: 9,100,000+
Location : Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya,
Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara
3 Arctic Type: Polar
Area: 2,600,000+
Location : Alaska (United States), Canada, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland and Russia
4 Arabian Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 2,330,000
Location : Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq,
Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen
5 Gobi Desert Type: Cold Winter
Area: 1,300,000
Location : Mongolia and China
6 Kalahari Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 900,000
Location : Angola, Botswana,
Namibia and South Africa
7 Patagonian Desert Type: Cold Winter
Area: 670,000
Location : Argentina and Chile
8 Great Victoria Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 647,000
Location : Australia
9 Syrian Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 520,000
Location : Syria, Jordan and Iraq
10 Great Basin Desert Type: Cold Winter
Area: 492,000
Location : United States
11 Chihuahuan Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 450,000
Location : Mexico and United States
12 Great Sandy Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 400,000
Location : Australia
13 Karakum Desert Type: Cold Winter
Area: 350,000
Location : Turkmenistan
14 Colorado Plateau Type: Cold Winter
Area: 337,000
Location : United States
15 Sonoran Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 310,000
Location : Mexico and United States
16 Kyzyl Kum Type: Cold Winter
Area: 300,000
Location : Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
17 Taklamakan Desert Type: Cold Winter
Area: 270,000
Location : China
18 Thar Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 200,000
Location : India and Pakistan
19 Gibson Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 155,000
Location : Australia
20 Simpson Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 145,000
Location : Australia
21 Atacama Desert Type: Cool Coastal
Area: 140,000
Location : Chile and Peru
22 Namib Desert Type: Cool Coastal
Area: 81,000
Angola and Namibia
23 Dasht-e Kavir Type: Cold Winter
Area: 77,000
Location : Iran
24 Mojave Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 65,000
Location : United States
25 Dasht-e Lut Type: Cold Winter
Area: 52,000
Location : Iran


Last Updated on: 17/09/2019

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