How can a desert be interesting right? It’s just a big place full of…nothing. Well, that’s what you think. And that’s why this list is going to be pretty interesting for you. For one, do you know where the biggest desert in the world is? Depending on where you live and how geographically aware you are, you’re probably thinking Asia (the Middle East), Africa (for those of you who know where the Sahara is), or Australia (basically the whole continent right?). But you’re all wrong. The world’s biggest desert is actually…well, we don’t want to give it away. We will however give you a hint: deserts aren’t necessarily places covered in sand. As you’ll see in a moment, barely 20% of the Sahara Desert is sand. Most of it is gravel, mountains, and rock. Moreover, deserts are defined by the level of precipitation they receive. Take a guess and see if you’re right by reading these 25 interesting tidbits about deserts that will make you glad for rain!
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One third of the Earth's surface area is desert (at least partially)
Arizona was once home to camels
Google street view employed a camel to include desert footage
There is a desert in Alaska with dunes over 45 meters high (150 feet). It is known as the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes.
Over 100,000 square km of land turn to desert each year due to climate change and forest clearing
Less than 20% of the Sahara desert is sand. The rest is mostly gravel, rock, and mountains.
Lebanon is the only country in the Middle East that doesn't contain a desert
According to the UN, roughly 1 billion people in over 100 countries are threatened by desertification
The Sahara Desert stretches farther than the distance between Los Angeles and New York City
In some parts of the Atacama Desert in Chile, rain has never been recorded. It may come as no surprise then that it is considered the driest place on Earth
Sand from the Sahara is blown across the Atlantic Ocean and settles in the Amazon River Basin. In other words, the Sahara Desert fertilizes the Amazon!
If you’re into deserts, maybe you’d like to check out these 25 incredible deserts that will make you wish it never rained.