Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Largest Deserts in the World

Deserts cover about a quarter of the world’s land area. They range from extremely arid and barren sandy deserts (about four percent of the total land surface of the globe), through arid (15 pre cent) to semi-arid. Most deserts have features of all these, with one zone merging into the next, so the start and finish of any deserts are broken down by geographers into smaller desert regions- the Australian desert includes the Gibson, Great Sandy, Great Victoria and Simpson, for example.
The first largest desert is the Sahara desert which is located in Northern America and it covers approximately 9,100,000 square kilometers. The second largest desert is the Australian deserts which includes Gibson, Great Sandy, Great Victoria and Simpson which is located in Australia covering a 3,400,000 square kilometers approximately. Arabian Peninsula is the third largest desert which covers 2,600,000 square kilometers and it is located in South West Asia. The fourth and the fifth largest deserts are Turkestan and Gobi respectively.

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