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Largest Deserts in the World

Rank Name Type,
Area (km²),
1 Antarctica Desert Type: Polar ice and tundra
Area: 14,000,000
Location : Antarctica
2 Arctic Desert Type: Polar ice and tundra
Area: 13,985,000
Location : Arctic (Alaska, Canada, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden)
3 Sahara Type: Subtropical
Area: 9,000,000+
Location :  North Africa (Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia)
4 Australian Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 2,700,000
Location : Australia
5 Arabian Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 2,330,000
Location : Western Asia (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen)
6 Gobi Desert Type: Cold Winter
Area: 1,300,000
Location : East Asia (Mongolia and China)
7 Kalahari Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 900,000
Location : Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa)
8 Patagonian Desert Type: Cold Winter
Area: 620,000
Location : Southern America (Argentina and Chile)
9 Syrian Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 520,000
Location : Western Asia (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 : North America (Mexico and United States)
12 Karakum Desert Type: Cold Winter
Area: 350,000
Location : Turkmenistan
13 Colorado Plateau Type: Cold Winter
Area: 337,000
Location : United States
14 Sonoran Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 310,000
Location : North America (Mexico and United States)
15 Kyzylkum Desert Type: Cold Winter
Area: 300,000
Location : Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan)
16 Taklamakan Desert Type: Cold Winter
Area: 270,000
Location : China
17 Thar Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 200,000
Location : South Asia (India and Pakistan)
18 Dasht-e Margo Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 150,000
Location : Afghanistan
19 Registan Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 146,000
Location : Afghanistan
20 Atacama Desert Type: Mild Coastal
Area: 140,000
Location : South America (Chile and Peru)
21 Mojave Desert Type: Subtropical
Area: 124,000
Location : United States
22 Columbia Basin Type: Cold Winter
Area: 83,100
Location : United States
23Namib Desert Type: Cool Coastal
Area: 81,000
Location : Southern Africa (Angola and Namibia)
24 Dasht-e Kavir Type: Subtropical
Area: 77,000
Location : Iran
25 Dasht-e Lut Type: Subtropical
Area: 52,000
Location : Iran

Last Updated on: 03/01/2020


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