List of deserts from all continents in the world. Sorted alphabetically or by geographical area, size, and morphology. The Antarctica desert is the largest desert in the world, with the Sahara being the largest hot desert. There are growing deserts in every continent across the globe.

World Desert List

NameTypeArea (km²)Area (mi²)Location
AntarcticaPolar Ice and Tundra14,000,0005,405,000Antarctica
Arabian DesertSubtropical2,330,000900,000Western Asia (Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen)
Atacama DesertMild Coastal140,00054,000South America (Chile and Peru)
Australian DesertSubtropical2,700,0001,000,000Australia
Chihuahuan DesertSubtropical450,000175,000Central America (Mexico)
Northern America (United States)
Colorado PlateauCold Winter337,000130,000United States
Columbia BasinCold Winter83,10032,100United States
Dasht-e KavirSubtropical77,00030,000Iran
Dasht-e LutSubtropical52,00020,100Iran
Dasht-e MargoSubtropical150,00058,000Afghanistan
Gobi DesertCold Winter1,295,000500,000Eastern Asia (China and Mongolia)
Great BasinCold Winter492,000190,000United States
Kalahari DesertSubtropical900,000360,000Southern Africa (Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa)
Karakum DesertCold Winter350,000135,000Turkmenistan
Kyzylkum DesertCold Winter300,000115,000Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan)
Mojave DesertSubtropical124,00048,000United States
Namib DesertCool Coastal81,00031,000Middle Africa (Angola)
Southern Africa (Namibia and South Africa)
Patagonian DesertCold Winter620,000200,000South America (Argentina and Chile)
Registan DesertSubtropical146,00056,400Afghanistan
Sahara DesertSubtropical9,000,000+3,300,000+Eastern Africa (Eritrea)
Middle Africa (Chad)
Northern Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, the Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara)
Western Africa (Mali, Mauritania, and Niger)
Sonoran DesertSubtropical310,000120,000Central America (Mexico)
Northern America (United States)
Syrian DesertSubtropical520,000200,000Western Asia (Iraq, Jordan, and Syria)
Taklamakan DesertCold Winter270,000105,000China
Thar DesertSubtropical200,00077,000Southern Asia (India and Pakistan)

List of Pseudo-Deserts

  • Desert of Maine
  • Joaquina Beach
  • Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
  • Accona Desert
  • Tottori Sand Dunes
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • Red Desert (South Africa)
  • Słowiński National Park
  • Carcross Desert
  • Chara Sands
  • Osoyoos Desert
  • Dunas dos Ingleses

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