The world’s largest desert is not the Sahara Desert! ??
What do you think of the largest desert in the world?
Many would say “Saharan Desert”.
But unfortunately the Sahara Desert is not the no.1
So, this time, I would like to introduce the top 3 desert size rankings!
3. Sahara Desert
The Sahara Desert is the third largest in the world.
(;’∀’) What? I thought it was second place
The Sahara Desert extends to the northern part of the African continent,
but it is a vast desert with a maximum area of 1,700 km from north to south and an area of 10 million square meters.
But 3rd place
By the way, Sahara is an Arabic word, ﺻ حراء; ṣaḥarāʾ, meaning “desert” and “wilderness”.
2. Arctic region
What? Wait a minute.
The Arctic is not a desert! ??
It’s actually a desert.
The definition of desert is
・ Low rainfall
・ Being dry
・ Unsuitable for living things
If all of these conditions are met, it is a “desert.”
Therefore, the North Pole is also included in the “desert”.
The size is 13.7 million square kilometers
Perhaps some could have expected it.
Another place that fits the definition of desert is Antarctica.
With an area of 14 million square kilometers, no desert will be bigger than this unless a large meteorite falls or global warming accelerates.