Desert facts

Sahara” means “desert” in Arabic so the “Sahara Desert” is the “Desert Desert.”

Antarctica is the largest desert in the world.

It snowed in the Sahara Desert in 1979.

Sand from the Sahara is blown by the wind all the way to the Amazon, recharging its minerals. The desert literally fertilizes the rainforest.

One-third of Earth’s land surface is partially or totally desert.

Rain has never been recorded in parts of Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth.

There were once camels roaming in the deserts of Arizona.

The Sahara desert stretches farther than the distance from New York to Los Angeles.

Google hired a camel to create the Street View of a desert.

Alaska has a sand desert with dunes over 150 feet (45 m) high.

The Lut Desert in Iran is the hottest place on earth.

About 46,000 square miles of arable land turn to desert every year due to climate change and practices such as forest clear-cutting.

Desertification threatens the livelihoods of more than 1 billion people in 110 countries, the U.N. says.

Only about 15% of the Sahara Desert is covered in sand.

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