Deserts are more like a fantasy land, not for being desolate but for being out of reach of the masses. In fact, it requires a great deal of courage and bravery to visit the desolate places which are no less than predators for human beings. Folks who love adventure and thrill in their lives and hence want to challenge themselves by visiting the desert must have the fundamental knowledge of such places. Let’s take a look at the famous deserts in the world.
Deserts in the world are spread over the entire globe. Most dangerous desert animals are found in Africa and America deserts. The Middle East to Africa and America to Antarctica they are everywhere. While many regions of the world have desolate and unfertile lands characterized by the sand mounds, there are those countries and continents that have the deadliest deserts in the world.
Let’s have a look at the most dangerous deserts in the world and attributes that make them so.
1. Sahara Desert
The Sahara Desert which covers the largest portion of North Africa is the largest hot desert in the world. It is spread over almost over an area of 9 million square kilometers and runs through the North African countries including Egypt, Libya, Chad, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Tunisia, Western Sahara, Sudan and Algeria. Large areas of this desert are covered with rocks and sand dunes. Due to the stable atmosphere over the desert the rainfall is rare. A traveler who loses his/her way in the Sahara is least likely to survive due to extremely hot conditions and lack of water.
2. Arabian Desert
Here is another deadliest desert in the world from the Middle East. As the name indicates the Arabian Desert is located in the Arabian Peninsula. It stretches from Oman to Jordan and Iraq and Yemen to the Persian Gulf. This dessert is not as challenging as Sahara desert but this doesn’t mean that losing one’s way is still an option here. An unusual feature about Arabia Desert is its cold and freezing nights. So, it is possible for people to experience two extreme kinds of weather here.
3. Kalahari Desert
The Kalahari Desert is also present in Africa but it is less deadly than Sahara. The desert covers the part of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Kalahari is, in fact, a semi-desert place. It receives a mild rainfall of 3 to 7.5 inches a year, which is too small and doesn’t contribute enough in bringing the temperature down. Consequently, Kalahari remains warm throughout the year.
4. Gobi Desert
Gobi desert is not famous only for its unique landscape, but also for its history due to Mongol empire. Situated on an area of 1294000 square km. Gobi desert stretches from North West China to South Magnolia. The Gobi is a Mongolian word, which means large and dry. Unlike those of Middle Eastern and African deserts, Gobi is not hot and remains cold throughout the year. Being present on a plateau of 910-1520 meters is what makes it a cold desert, it also receives a mild snowfall. Folks who seem attracted by desert landscape can consider paying a visit to the Gobi. According to legends the scenes of wind blowing through sand dunes in the Gobi desert leaves a mesmerizing and soothing effect on onlookers.
5. Atacama Desert, Chile
The Atacama might not be the most extensive desert like those in the list. But, it is indeed the deadliest desert in the world. Some areas in this desert have not received any rainfall from the last 400 years, except a mild rain in some regions that made flowers to emerge. Well, such a rare event doesn’t mean that one should set for a journey to the Atacama Desert in a bid to chase the flowers, because, chances of losing way in the vastness of this place and not finding a trace of water is still there. And, if someone is still hell-bent on doing such adventure then why not visit the Mars. After all, there is no water at that planet but it will offer something new to see; something, other than the Earth.
Many people perceive Antarctica as a continent filled with ice. True, but this is not some kind of Iceland but a desert. In fact, this is the idea of calling a snow-capped region desert that seems weird to few people. But, Antarctica is a deadliest desert in a way that it has extreme conditions which are quite contrary to those of the Sahara Desert.