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Syrian Desert

The Syrian <<SEER ee uhn>> Desert is a desert in southwestern Asia. It covers parts of Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. The desert is the northwestern part of the larger Arabian Desert. The high plains of the Syrian Desert slope down to the Euphrates River, its eastern boundary. A mountainous area stands above the central part of the desert. Deeply cut wadis  (dry valleys) wind down from these mountains to the Euphrates.... Read More

Sonoran Desert

The Sonoran <<suh NOHR uhn>> Desert is the largest desert in North America. It covers about 120,000 square miles (310,000 square kilometers). Parts of the desert lie in the states of Baja California and Sonora in Mexico and Arizona and California in the United States. The desert contains plains, mountain ranges, deep river valleys, inactive volcanoes, and the largest system of sand dunes in North America.... Read More

Simpson Desert

The Simpson Desert lies on the border of Queensland, South Australia, and the Northern Territory. It is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) long and 100 miles (160 kilometers) wide. The center of the desert is an area of sand drift. The outer parts of the desert include bare, rocky hills, sand ridges, and rounded stones called gibbers.... Read More

Sahara Desert

The Sahara <<suh HAIR uh>> is the world’s largest desert. It covers about 3 1/2 million square miles (9 million square kilometers) of Africa, as much land as the United States. The Sahara is in northern Africa. Most of it is made up of mountains, bare, rocky plains, and high, flatlands called plateaus <<plah TOHS>>. The rest is a huge sea of sand. In some places, sand piles up in hills called dunes. The desert is hot and dry, but it turns cool at night. It gets less than 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain each year.... Read More

Painted Desert

The Painted Desert is a brightly colored plateau region in north-central Arizona. It extends about 200 miles (320 kilometers) along the Little Colorado River.... Read More

Mojave Desert

The Mojave <<moh HAH vee>> Desert is a huge desert wasteland in southeastern California. The name of the desert is sometimes spelled Mohave. The desert lies between the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Colorado River.... Read More

Karakum Desert

Karakum <<KAHR uh KOOM>> is a large desert that occupies most of Turkmenistan. Karakum covers 135,000 square miles (350,000 square kilometers).It includes flat clay plains, salt basins, and sand mounds. Short-lived bushes and grassy plants sprout in the spring.... Read More

Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari << KAH luh HAHR ee>> Desert is a large, dry sandy area in southern Africa. It covers about 190,000 square miles (500,000 square kilometers). The Kalahari spreads across much of Botswana, and parts of Namibia and South Africa. It has vast areas of waterless ground surface covered by red sands and sand dunes. Animals that live in the region include brown hyenas, lions, meerkats, several kinds of antelope, and many types of birds and reptiles. Plants in the Kalahari consist of dry grasses and scrubby acacia trees.... Read More

Gobi Desert

The Gobi <<GOH bee>> is a windy, nearly treeless desert in southern Mongolia and northern China. It covers more than 500,000 square miles (1,300,000 square kilometers). It reaches about 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers) from east to west and about 600 miles (970 kilometers) from north to south. The name Gobi comes from a Mongolian word meaning desert.... Read More


A desert is a region where the soil is so dry that few plants can grow. Most deserts are very hot, but some are very cold. Deserts near the North and South poles are so cold that water freezes and plants can’t grow there.... Read More