On every corner of the world wide web the planet’s most striking forests, mountains, tourist attractions, and lakes, are showcased. However, the desert is neglected to a great extent.
A barren, arid land with little vegetation is known as a desert. In comparison to most other biomes, deserts are essentially uninhabited because of the unfriendly environment. One-third of the planet’s land area is covered by deserts. When we think of deserts what usually comes to mind is a sweltering and sandy barren land. But some of Earth’s deserts extend to the planet’s freezing zones.
Compared to the past, deserts are not so unwelcoming today. The modern means of transportation has made it easy to visit these unbelievable places on the earth. Here is a peak into some of the world’s most incredible deserts.
Namib Desert- Southern Africa
The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and was formed 43 million years ago. It is home to a wide variety of animals, which you will find nowhere else. The Namib Desert extends into Angola and South Africa.
The Black Rock Desert, where you will find alkali flats and lava beds, is most famous for an annual weeklong event – Burning Man, which sees the construction of Black Rock City. During the festival Burners reside here and all traces of it are removed after they leave.
The driest non-polar desert in the world is the Atacama. A plateau that measures 600 miles in length, it is spread over Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina.
The Sahara is the third-largest desert in the world and covers a large part of Northern Africa. The Sahara has been shaped by sporadic rainfalls and winds into a landscape of valleys, dunes, sand seas and flats. Water from the desert’s underground aquifers nourishes the oasis infringe on the dry area.
The Gobi spans parts of China and Mongolia. The Mongolian death worm is alleged to exist in this desert. Locals claim that it can kill its victim by discharging acid, and is two to five feet in length.
The desert constitutes over 55% of Israel’s land area. This region has been settled by the Byzantine Empire, the nomads, Romans, and many others throughout the ages.
The Mojave is the lowest point in North America and contains Death Valley. It sits at an elevation of 282 feet below sea level. The boundaries of the region are marked by Joshua trees. The Mojave’s largest city is Las Vegas, Nevada.
The least hospitable desert is Antarctica mainly because of its annual rain of around eight inches. There are no permanent residents in this continent.
The Sonoran Desert sprawls across California, Arizona, and Mexico. The natives to this rocky desert are the organ pipe cactus and the saguaro cactus, which have federal preserves named after them.
The Thar Desert forms a geomorphic border between India and Pakistan and covers 77,000 square miles. There are 25 species of snakes and 23 species of lizards in this desert.
Rubʿ al Khali
The centrepiece of the Arabian Desert, the Rubʿ al Khali, is also known as the Empty Quarter. It’s the largest sand desert on the planet. Due to the feldspar within the sand it has orange-red sand dunes.