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Reema Bhalla Dec 17 2014

Which are the most unique deserts around the world?

Kanika Nevatia Dec 17 2014
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Lay your eyes on some of the most unique deserts around the world and be left intrigued by the wonders that these landscapes have to offer.

Sahara Desert

One of the hottest deserts in the world, the Sahara Desert covers most of north Africa and is known to be almost as big as the United States in size. The name “Sahara” comes from the Arabic word meaning desert. The sand dunes in this desert are huge and often 150-180 meters tall.

The astonishing dunes of the Sahara Desert (by LaloFitness)

Gobi Desert

One of the coldest deserts in the world, you can often see snow and frost on the dunes here. The largest desert in Asia and fifth largest in the world, it covers parts of southern Mongolia and parts of northern and north-western China. Archeologists have found many important fossils in this desert such as the remains of dinosaur eggs.

The magnificent Gobi Desert (by Voyages Lambert)

Thar Desert

The Thar Desert covers large parts of north-west India. Spread over the states of Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and Gujarat, this desert is a melting pot of cultures. The desert is spread between the Aravalli Hills,the famous Rann of Kutch along the coast of Gujarat and the alluvial plains of the Indus River in the north-west and west.

A cultural spectacle in the Thar Desert (by Flicka)

Namib Desert

One of the most unique deserts around the world, the Namib Desert is a coastal desert that is spread across the countries of South Africa, Namibia and Angola. Considered to be the oldest desert in the world, it is famous for its eerie “Skeleton Coast”. This coast is so named because during the whale trade days, numerous seal and whale bones would wash up on this shore. Remains of shipwrecks can also be found on this beach.

Witness a grand desert along the coast at Namib (by Voyages Lambert)

Atacama Desert

Situated in South America, the Atacama Desert is one of the driest deserts in the world that comprises mainly salt lakes and sand. There are regions in this desert that are so dry that they have received no rain at all for several years. The Atacama Desert is often used for shooting sci-fi movies as its dry and vegetation-free landscape really looks like something out of this world.

Atacama is a desert deprived of rain (by European Southern Observatory)

Taklamakan Desert

The Taklamakan Desert, which is better known as Taklimakan and Teklimakan, is located in north-western China. It is bound by mountains on three sides and the Gobi Desert on the fourth. The name Taklamakan literally translates to leave alone or to abandon. Since the desert lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, is a cold climate desert, which is often covered in snow.

Shiver in the shadows of the Himalayas at Taklamakan Desert (by michael | moss)

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni is one of the world’s largest salt deserts that is adorned with several lakes with unique colours due to the abundant mineral deposits in the region. This salt flat is said to contain approximately 10 billion tons of salt. About 25,000 tons of salt are extracted annually from this desert.

Pick up some salty sand at Salar de Uyuni (by DeFries)

Simpson Desert

Better known as “The Big Red” due to the large red sand dunes found here, this desert is also home to the world's longest parallel sand dunes which do not move and are held together by the vegetation in the area. This Australian desert is situated beneath the Great Artesian Basin, one of the largest inland drainage areas in the world.

The unique red sand of the Simpson Desert (by Christopher Watson)

Farafra Desert

The Farafra Desert is a white desert that is better known as “Sahara el Beyda” by the locals. The desert has a creamy white colour and has huge chalk rock formations, which are the result of ongoing sand storms in the area. A popular camping destination, this desert is a must visit on a trip to Egypt.

Visit Farafra Desert for sand as white as snow (by Argenberg)

Lençóis Maranhenses Desert

Situated in Brazil, the Lençóis Maranhenses Desert consists of a truly unique feature-- sand dunes that envelope deep blue lagoons! The lagoons are a result of the high amount of rainfall that this area experiences every year. During the time of drought, the lagoons evaporate and dry out completely.

Pools of water right in the middle of the Lençóis Maranhenses Desert (by Fred Schinke)

Now that you are aware of some of the most unique deserts around the world start planning a trip to one of them soon. If you know of any other such magnificent creations of nature, do leave a comment below!
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