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The Twenty Biggest Deserts on Earth
Deserts, Ten Largest
Area in Square Miles
World Almanac
Info Please
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Wiki

1

Sahara (Africa)

3,320,000

3,500,000

3,500,000

2

Arabian (Arabia)

900,000

1,000,000

???

3

Gobi (China)

500,000

500,000

500,000

4

Patagonian (Argentina)

260,000
260,000
???

5

Rub'al Khali (south Arabia)

250,000
250,000
250,000

6

Great Victoria (Australia)

250,000
250,000
163,900

7

Kalahari (Africa)

225,000
220,000
347,500

8

Great Basin (Nevada)

190,000

190,000

200,000

9

Chihuahuan (Mexico)

175,000

175,000

???

10

Thar (India/ Pakistan)

175,000

175,000

92,000

11

Great Sandy (Australia)

150,000

150,000

223,700

12

Kara-Kum (W. Asia)

135,000

135,000

135,000

13

Colorado (USA)

130,000

130,000

???

14

Gibson (Australia)

120,000

120,000

60,000

15

Sonoran (USA)

120,000

120,000

120,000

16

Kyzyl-Kum

115,000

115,000

115,000

17

Taklamakan (China)

105,000

105,000

140,000

18

Iranian (Iran)

100,000

100,000

???

19

Simpson/ Sturt (Australia)

56,000
56,000
66,000

20

Atacama (Chili)

?
54,000
???

Mojave (USA)

15,000
54,000
22,000

Deserts of the World

 

 

 

Desert

Location

Area - sq miles

 

 

 

Africa

 

 

Sahara

Northern Africa

3,320,000

Libyan

Libya, Egypt, and Sudan (part of Sahara)

-

Kalahari

Southwestern Africa

360,000

Namib

Southwestern Africa

52,000

 

 

 

Asia

 

 

Arabia

Southwestern Asia

900,000

Rub'al Khali

southern Arabian Peninsula

250,000

Gobi

Mongolia and northeastern China

500,000

Kara-Kum

Turkmenistan

135,000

Kyzyl-Kum

Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan

115,000

Takla Makan

northern China

105,000

Kavir

central Iran

100,000

Syrian

Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq

100,000

Thar

India and Pakistan

77,000

Dasht-e-Lut

eastern Iran

20,000

 

 

 

Australia

 

 

Great Victoria

Western and South Australia

250,000

Great Sandy

northern Western Australia

150,000

Gibson

Western Australia

-

Simpson

Northern Territory

56,000

 

 

 

North America

 

 

Great Basin

southwestern United States

190,000

Chihuahuan

northern Mexico

175,000

Sonoran

southwestern U.S. and Baja California

120,000

Colorado

California and northern Mexico

-

Yuma

Arizona and Sonora, Mexico

-

Mojave

southwestern United States

25,000

 

 

 

South America

 

 

Patagonian

southern Argentina

260,000

Atacama

northern Chile

54,000