Do you think of a desert as a hot, dry position where sand extends as far as you can see? The Sahara in Northern Africa is like that, but mostly deserts are not. All deserts are dry, but some deserts are abnormally cool. Plants and animals reside in most deserts. Individuals have learned to reside in deserts all over the world.
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Major deserts of the world
The biggest desert on the globe is the Sahara. It includes an area as big as the United State. Huge waves of sand known as dunes cover most of the Sahara. The Sahara is very hot during the day, but it cools off at night because sand does not hold warm well. Deserts are areas that get very little rain fall. The Sahara, in North Africa is the biggest desert on the globe.
The Gobi Desert
The Gobi Desert in Asia is the biggest cold desert. The Gobi covers parts of Mongolia and China. The Gobi gets very cold during the cold months season (winter), but it can be hot during summer season.
Great Sandy Desert, Australia
Deserts get very little rainfall. But trees and shrubs, plants, and wild flowers can grow in some desert places. Great Sandy Desert in Australia.
An oasis is rich ground with the water in a desert. At an oasis, plants such as these palm trees can grow and people can re-fill the water supplies.
Rub’ al Khali desert
The Rub’ al Khali is one of the biggest sand deserts in the world, covering most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula. It contains areas of Oman, United Arabic Emirates, and Yemen. The desert contains 650,000 square kilometers, more than the area of France. Mostly unexplored until lately, the desert is 1000 kilometers long and 500 km wide. With day time temperature reaching 55 Degrees Celsius, and dunes higher than 330 meters, Rub’ al Khali desert may be 1 of the most forbidding locations on Earth.