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25 Largest Deserts in the World

A list of the 25 largest deserts in the world with information about their areas, locations, average annual precipitation, temperature, and so on.
a data set by WorldExplorer
created January 16, 2017
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FAMILY TREE
DesertTypeImageArea (square kilometers)Area (square miles)CountryContinentAverage Annual Precipitation (cm)Average Annual Precipitation (in)Minimum Temperature (°C)Maximum Temperature (°C)Minimum Temperature (°F)Maximum Temperature (°F)
AntarcticaPolar14,000,0005,500,000Antarctica208-89.215-128.659
ArcticPolar13,985,0005,400,000United States (Alaska), Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and RussiaAsia, Europe, and North America5020-68>30-90>86
SaharaSubtropical9,000,0003,300,000Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, and TunisiaAfrica<10<3.9<047<32116.6
Arabian DesertSubtropical2,330,000900,000Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and YemenAsia103.9-125510130
Gobi DesertCold Winter1,000,000500,000Mongolia, ChinaAsia19.47.6-4345-45113
Kalahari DesertSubtropical900,000360,000Botswana, Namibia, and South AfricaAfrica<10<3.9-1244.810112.6
Great Victoria DesertSubtropical647,000220,000AustraliaOceania20-257.9-9.8<040<32104
Patagonian DesertCold Winter620,000200,000Argentina and ChileSouth America13-205-8-33.931-2987.8
Syrian DesertSubtropical520,000200,000Iraq, Jordan, Syria, and Saudi ArabiaAsia103.9<145<34113
Great Basin DesertCold Winter492,000190,000United StatesNorth America18-307-12<-7>32<19>90
Chihuahuan DesertSubtropical450,000175,000Mexico and United StatesNorth America23.59.3<10>43<50>110
Great Sandy DesertSubtropical400,000150,000AustraliaOceania259.8<2.148.1<35.8118.6
Karakum DesertCold Winter350,000135,000TurkmenistanAsia7-152.8-5.9<-20>34<-4>93
Colorado PlateauCold Winter337,000130,000United StatesNorth America208<-12>35<10>95
Sonoran DesertSubtropical310,000120,000Mexico and United StatesNorth America7.6-40.63-16056.632134
Kyzylkum DesertCold Winter300,000115,000Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and UzbekistanAsia10-203.9-7.9-951.715.8125.1
Taklamakan DesertCold Winter270,000105,000ChinaAsia1-3.80.4-1.5-26.138-15100
Thar DesertSubtropical200,00077,000India and PakistanAsia10-503.9-19.7<550<41122
Gibson DesertSubtropical156,00060,000AustraliaOceania20-257.9-9.86>4043>104
Dasht-e MargoSubtropical150,00058,000AfghanistanAsia5-102-3.9<0>42.8<32>109
Registan DesertSubtropical146,00056,400AfghanistanAsia7.63uncertainuncertainuncertainuncertain
Simpson DesertSubtropical145,00056,000AustraliaOceania155.9<450<39.2122
Atacama DesertCool Coastal140,00054,000Chile and PeruSouth America1.50.6-2322890
Mojave DesertSubtropical124,00048,000United StatesNorth America<33<13<-18>54<0.4>130
Namib DesertCool Coastal81,00031,000Angola, Namibia, and South AfricaAfrica<1<0.39<0>45<32>113
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