Deserts are arid parts of the world that receive very little rainfall and support little or no vegetation. These regions are unsuitable for human habitation. Here is the list of the 5 largest deserts in the world.
5 Kalahari Desert: This desert covers a large area in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. The total area of the Kalahari Desert is 930,000 square kilometers and it receives less than 20 inches of precipitation annually. The desert is situated 3000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by mountains to the north and south. Kalahari Desert has a specific rainy season in the north but receives no precipitation in the southern region.
4 Gobi Desert: This desert is located in the areas between China and Mongolia. Gobi Desert has a total land area of 1.3 million square kilometers and it receives about ten inches of rain per year. There are very few plants growing in the semi-desert and the sand dunes are deprived of plant life. The desert has very low population of people to the north and there are very few roads in the populated area.
3 Arabian Desert: This is third largest desert in the world and is located in parts of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the neighboring countries. The overall area of the Arabian Desert is 2.3 million square kilometers and it resembles the Sahara desert of Africa in many ways. The desert is surrounded by Red Sea on the west and the Persian Gulf on the east. Arabian Desert has one significant river system known as Euphrates, the river is a major source of water to the scarce population living in this desert.
2 Sahara Desert: It is the largest nonpolar desert and the second largest desert in the world. Sahara desert is located in the northern and central Africa. The desert covers an area of 8.6 million square kilometers. This desert receives less than an inch of precipitation per year. The desert covers most of the African countries including Mauritania, Libra, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, Mali, and Sudan.
1 Antarctica: It is the largest polar desert in the world. Antarctica receives less than two inches of precipitation and it covers an area of 14.2 million square kilometers. There are three categories of deserts in Antarctica which includes extremely arid desert, arid desert, and semi-arid desert. Extremely arid region does not receive any rainfall, arid desert receives less than an inch of rain per year, and semi-arid desert receives around 20 inches of annual precipitation per year.