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GEOGRAPHY : List of Deserts
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Tuesday, 28 February 2012 14:07


List of Deserts


  • Algerian Desert – part of the Sahara located in Algeria
  • Blue Desert – a desert in Egypt
  • Kalahari Desert – a desert covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa
  • Karoo – a semi-desert region in South Africa
  • Libyan Desert – part of the Sahara located in Libya
  • Namib Desert – a desert in present day Namibia
  • Nubian Desert – a desert in present day Sudan
  • Owami Desert – a desert in Nigeria
  • Sahara Desert – the world's largest hot desert covering most of Northern Africa
  • White Desert – a desert in Egypt


  • Akshi Desert – a desert in India
  • Badain Jaran – a desert located in China
  • Cholistan – a desert in Pakistan
  • Gobi – a desert in Mongolia and China
  • Indus Valley Desert – a desert located in Pakistan
  • Kara Kum – a large Central Asian desert
  • Kharan desert – a desert located in Pakistan
  • Kyzyl Kum – a desert in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
  • La Paz Sand Dunes – a desert in the northern Philippines
  • Lop Desert – a desert in China
  • Ordos – a desert in northern China
  • Rub' al Khali – a desert located in Saudi Arabia
  • Taklamakan – a desert located in China
  • Thal Desert – a desert in Pakistan
  • Thar Desert – a desert in Pakistan and India
  • Arabian Desert – a vast desert complex on the Arabian Peninsula comprising the Al-Dahna Desert, Empty Quarter, Nefud Desert and other deserts
  • Dasht-e Kavir – a desert in central Iran
  • Dasht-e Lut – a large salt desert in southeastern Iran
  • Judean Desert – a desert in eastern Israel and the West Bank
  • Maranjab Desert – a desert in central Iran
  • Negev – a desert located in southern Israel
  • Ramlat al-Sab`atayn – a sandy desert in central & northeastern Yemen, part of the Empty Quarter
  • Sinai Desert – a desert located on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt
  • Wahiba Sands – a desert in Oman


  • Central Desert – a central Australian desert
  • Gibson Desert – a central Australian desert
  • Great Sandy Desert – a northwestern Australian desert
  • Great Victoria Desert – the biggest desert in Australia
  • Little Sandy Desert – a western Australian desert
  • Simpson Desert – a central Australian desert
  • Strzelecki Desert – a south-central Australian desert
  • Tanami Desert – a northern Australian desert


  • Accona Desert – a semi-desert in central Italy
  • Aleshkovskie peski – a sandy desert in Ukraine
  • Bardenas Reales – a semi-desert in Navarre, Spain (455 km²)
  • Błędowska Desert – a desert located in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland (32 km²)
  • Deliblatska Peščara – a desert located in Vojvodina, Serbia (300 km²)
  • Highlands of Iceland – the interior plateau of Iceland; not a desert by climate, but effectively one because precipitation penetrates the volcanic soil so quickly that it is unavailable to plants
  • Monegros Desert – a semi-desert in Aragón, Spain
  • Oleshky Sands – a desert located in Ukraine near Askania-Nova biosphere reserve (15 km in diameter)
  • Oltenian Sahara – a desert spanning approximately 80,000 hectares or 800 km² in the Romanian historical province of Oltenia
  • Piscinas – a desert located in southwest Sardinia, Italy (5 km²)
  • Ryn Desert – a desert in western Kazakhstan and southeastern Russia, north of the Caspian Sea and southeast of the Volga Upland. It is the largest sandy desert in Europe
  • Stranja Sahara - a desert in southeastern Bulgaria near the city of Burgas. It is about 80,000 hectares, sometimes estimated to about 850 km². It is near the borders of Turkey and northwesternGreece
  • Tabernas Desert – a desert in Almería, Spain (280 km²)

North America

  • Central Valley of California (which is divided into the Sacramento Valley in the north, and the San Joaquin Valley in the south) – this area has largely been transformed, due to irrigation canals, to an agricultural area. It is technically a semi-arid climate
  • Chihuahuan Desert
  • Colorado Desert
  • Mojave Desert
  • Sonoran Desert

South America

  • Atacama – a desert in Chile and Peru, the driest place on Earth
  • La Guajira Desert – a desert in northern Colombia and Venezuela
  • Monte Desert – in Argentina, a smaller desert above the Patagonian Desert
  • Patagonian Desert – the largest desert in the Americas, located in Argentina and Chile
  • Sechura Desert – a desert located south of the Piura Region of Peru

Polar Regions

  • Antarctica Desert – the largest desert in the world
  • Arctic Desert – the second largest desert in the world
  • North American Arctic – a large tundra in North America
  • Russian Arctic – a large tundra in Russia

New Zealand

  • Rangipo Desert – a barren desert-like plateau (with 1.5-2.5 m/yr rainfall) on the North Island Volcanic Plateau in New Zealand
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