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Most Fascinating Deserts

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2022, 6:03 pm

1.Xiangshawan Desert - Inner Mongolia

One of the most extreme deserts in the world, this desert can be freezing cold with frequent blizzards, in the winter, and extremely hot with sandstorms, in the summer months. A tourist attraction, the desert is located 350 miles west of Beijing, and is known for its sounding sands, that occurs as the wind pushes sand down the dunes, creating a humming sound, similar to a car engine.


Considered the wettest and driest piece of land, at the same time, Antarctica is also one of the coldest pieces of land in the world, temperatures have gone as low as 129 degrees Fahrenheit. It hardly rains there, but the wetness comes from the ice covering 90% of the land.

3.Simpson Desert - Australia

Made popular by the Mad Max film series, the Simpson Desert is one of four large deserts located in Australia. Often referred to as The Big Red because of its red sand dunes, this desert is famous for having the largest parallel sand dunes in the world, reaching heights of thirty meters.

4.Atacama Desert - Chile

Occupying most of Chile, The Altacama Desert is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the driest place in the world. However, there is vegetation south of The Tropic of Capricorn, where coastal mists bring in humidity. These mists are called camanchacas, and are necessary for plant life to survive.

5.Salar de Uyuni Desert - Bolivia

This massive salt desert sits in the middle of the Altiplano, in Bolivia. A unique desert that mirrors the sky on its flat surface, it used to be part of Lake Minchin over 40,000 years ago. The prehistoric lake dried up, leaving two salt deserts and two modern lakes. Salar de Uyuni is the bigger of the two deserts, and contains 10 billions tons of salt.

6.Taklamakan Desert - Central Asia

It is considered the largest sandy desert in the world and the 15th largest non-polar desert. The Taklamakan spans 100,00 square miles in the Tarim Basin, with two sections of the Silk Road crossing it only at its northern and southern tips. Oddly enough, this desert experienced eleven consecutive days of snow in 2008.

7.Lencois Maranhenses Desert - Brasil

A desert in a country known for containing the largest rain forest in the world, this desert is located on the north shore of Brazil in the State of Maranhao. With white dunes and blue lagoons, it is one of the prettiest deserts you might ever lay your eyes on. The lagoons are created by rainfall, reported to be at least three hundred times more than the Sahara Desert.


8.Painted Desert - Arizona

Colorful hills in red, orange, blue and purple, created by dissolved minerals left by by sandstone and clay soil, is the primary feature of this amazing desert. Located in Arizona, the Painted Desert looks just that, painted in a beautiful array of colors, spanning its 93,500 acres, where only 10 inches or less of rain falls per year.

9.Namib Desert - Namibia

The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world, and is part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park located south of Africa. Not as big as the Sahara Desert, this desert is still very impressive. With 300m sand dunes that are the highest in the world, it is the only desert to provide a home to elephants.


10.Black Desert - Egypt

Another large desert that is located in Egypt is the Black Desert. Sitting only 100 km northeast of the White Desert, this desert contains mountains in the shape of volcanoes, and the ground is speckled with small black stones. Unlike the White Desert, which is inhabited, no one lives in the Black Desert.

11.White Desert - Egypt

Located just thirty miles north of Farafra, Egypt is the White Desert, also known as Sahara el Beyda. The sand is the whitest of all deserts, a light creamy white with chalk rock formations created from sandstorms. This desert is a beautiful and unique oasis, that is a sight to see.


12.Sahara Desert - Africa

The Sahara Desert is considered the largest desert in the world, spanning a large part of North Africa, at 4800 km east to west, and 1200 north to south. Contrary to popular believe, there is some rain that falls there, but very minimum, and only up to 24 millimeters at most.


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