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Deserts

World's
Largest Deserts

by Vaughn Aubuchon

The following list summarizes the world's twenty biggest deserts. Sub-tropical deserts are aligned left, and Cold-winter deserts are aligned right.
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       Twenty Biggest Deserts
       on Earth

Rank

Deserts, 10 Largest
Area
Square Kiloms.
Square Miles
1

Antarctica

14 M
5.5 M
2

Arctic

13.98 M
5.4 M
3

Sahara (Africa)

9 M+
3.3 M+
4

Australian Deserts
(Victoria, Sandy, Tanami, Simpson, etc.)

2.7 M
1.0 M
5

Arabian Desert (Arabia)

2.33 M
900,000
6

Gobi Desert (China)

1.295 M
500,000
7

Kalahari Desert (Africa)

900,000
360,000
8

Patagonian Desert (Argentina)

620,000
200,000
9

Syrian Desert (Iraq, Jordan)

520,000
200,000
10

Great Basin Desert (Nevada)

492,000
190,000

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11

Chihuahuan Desert (Mexico)

450,000
175,000
12

Kara-Kum Desert (W. Asia)

350,000
135,000
13

Colorado Plateau (USA)

337,000
130,000
14

Sonoran Desert (USA, Mexico)

310,000
120,000
15

Kyzyl-Kum Desert
(Kaz., Turk., Uzbek.)

300,000
115,000
16

Taklamakan Desert (China)

270,000
105,000
17

Thar Desert (India/ Pakistan)

200,000
77,000
18

Dasht-e Margo (Afghanistan)

150,000
58,000
19

Registan Desert (Afghanistan)

146,000
56,400
20

Atacama Desert (Chili)

140,000
54,000

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(Subtropical deserts)

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(cold winter deserts)

Source: Deserts by Area
Unfortunately,
the correspondence between
square kilometers and square miles
does NOT exist, here.
You need to ask Wikipedia about that!

30

250 - 450

75

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Disclaimer:
There are substantial differences between different sources of information. Various authors disagree about desert boundaries, and desert areas, since there is no "line in the sand" (tee-hee, humor).

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