Precipitation is good, it waters our crops and quenches our thirst. A lack of precipitation on the other hand can cause plenty of problems, but there’s at least one benefit…amazing scenery! You don’t believe us? You think deserts are boring? Well, withhold your judgement just a little bit longer because these are 25 incredible deserts that will make you wish it never rained!
Painted Desert (USA)
It’s easy to see where this desert gets its name!
Thar Desert (India, Pakistan)
Covering over 120,000 km (77,000 miles) this desert separates India and Pakistan.
Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)
The largest salt flat in the world, this desert is home to 10 billion tons of salt.
Negev Desert (Israel)
Covering most of southern Israel, this desert actually accounts for roughly 55% of the country’s surface area.
Wadi Rum (Jordan)
Popular with tourists, this desert is a great place to see some amazing wildlife and memorable rock formations.
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Lençóis Maranhenses (Brazil)
Thanks to nearly 300 times more rainfall than the Sahara, this desert is filled with lagoons during the rainy season.
Khongoryn Els (Mongolia)
Sometimes called the “singing desert”, this place really does sing. With the perfect set of conditions you’ll hear the wind rubbing the sand grains against each other to create a humming sound!
Sinai Desert (Isreal, Egypt)
Its rugged terrain stretches out along the Egypt-Israel border in one of the most historically significant regions of the world.
Atacama Desert (Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile)
Spanning nearly 1000 km (600 miles) this desert is considered the driest non-polar desert in the world.
The Pinnacles Desert (Australia)
This desert in Western Australia is known for its unusual finger-like limestone protrusions.
This vast stretch of sand recently received 11 straight days of snow.
Gobi Desert (China, Mongolia)
This desert is home to the fabled Mongolian death worm which some locals claim can be over a meter long and spits acid to kill its prey.
Sonoran Desert (USA, Mexico)
Sprawled across California, Arizona, and Mexico the Saguaro cactus is native to this desert.
Mojave Desert (USA)
This desert is home to the famous Death Valley which is the lowest point in North America
Namib Desert (Namibia)
Running through a vast swath of southern Africa, this desert is widely considered to be one of the oldest in the world.
White Desert (Egypt)
Unlike most of the deserts on this list this one is famous for being white and chalky.
Rubʿ al Khali (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, United Arab Emirates)
Part of the larger Arabian desert, this section of the Arabian Peninsula is also known as the Empty Quarter.
Simpson Desert (Australia)
Also known as “Big Red” due to the sand color, this desert houses the world’s longest parallel dunes
Black Rock Desert (USA)
Mostly composed of lava beds, this large piece of extremely dry Nevada real estate is home to the annual Burning Man Festival.
The Black Desert (Egypt)
Although the White Desert really is white, this arid block of nothingness gets its name from the fact that there are random black stones strewn about everywhere. So no, it’s not actually black.
Fraser Island (Australia)
It’s the world’s largest sand island and apparently it’s surrounded by sharks. Visit at your own risk.
Sahara Desert (multiple northern African countries)
Although it’s the largest subtropical hot desert on Earth, it’s only the world’s third largest desert overall (both Antarctica and the Arctic are bigger, and yes they are both deserts because deserts are defined by a lack of rainfall and not the amount of sand they contain…end of lecture).
Tabernas Desert (Spain)
Yes, there are deserts in Europe (semi-arid deserts to be exact).
Monument Valley (USA)
Found on the borders of Utah and Arizona this little stretch of surrealness is sure to have you taking plenty of pictures with its spectacular mesas.
It’s the coldest, driest, highest, and windiest place on the planet. And it’s the world’s biggest desert.