Largest Deserts In the World

Posted by Rupam on April 24, 2024

List of Largest Deserts In the World-

Name Type of desert Location Area (sq mi) Area (kmĀ²)
Antarctica Polar ice and tundra Antarctica 5500000 14000000
Arctic Polar ice and tundra Northern America (Alaska, Canada and Greenland)

Northern Europe (Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden)

Eastern Europe (European Russia)

North Asia (Siberia)

5400000 13985000
Sahara Subtropical North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia)

West Africa (Mali, Mauritania and Niger)

Middle Africa (Chad)

East Africa (Eritrea)

3,300,000 9,000,000
Australian Desert Subtropical Australia 1000000 2700000
Arabian Desert Subtropical Western Asia (Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) 900000 2,330,000
Gobi Desert Cold Winter East Asia (China and Mongolia) 500000 1295000
Kalahari Desert Subtropical Southern Africa (Botswana, Namibia and South Africa)

Middle Africa (Angola)

360000 900,000
Patagonian Desert Cold Winter South America (Argentina and Chile) 200000 620000
Syrian Desert Subtropical Western Asia (Iraq, Jordan, and Syria) 200000 520,000
Great Basin Cold Winter United States 190000 492,000
Chihuahuan Desert Subtropical Central America (Mexico)

Northern America (United States)

175000 450,000
Karakum Desert Cold Winter Turkmenistan 135000 350,000
Colorado Plateau Cold Winter United States 130000 337,000
Sonoran Desert Subtropical Central America (Mexico)

Northern America (United States)

120000 310,000
Kyzylkum Desert Cold Winter Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) 115000 300,000
Taklamakan Desert Cold Winter China 105000 270000
Thar Desert Subtropical Indian Subcontinent (India and Pakistan) 77000 200,000
Dasht-e Margo Subtropical Afghanistan 58000 150000
Registan Desert Subtropical Afghanistan 56400 146000
Atacama Desert Mild Coastal South America (Chile and Peru) 54000 140,000
Mojave Desert Subtropical United States 48000 124,000
Columbia Basin Cold Winter United States 32100 83,100
Namib Desert Cool Coastal Southern Africa (Namibia)

Middle Africa (Angola)

31000 81,000
Dasht-e Kavir Subtropical Iran 30000 77,000
Dasht-e Loot Subtropical Iran 20100 52,000