The Biggest Science Myths Debunked

The Sahara Is The World's Largest Desert

#25 The Sahara Is The World’s Largest Desert

What we normally perceive as a desert is a vast, dry land typically full of sand. However, a desert doesn’t always have to be that way. In simple terms, a desert is any land with sparse vegetation and low precipitation rate, not necessarily consisting of sand.

Sure, it is the largest hot desert in the world, but it’s not the largest desert on the planet. The essential feature of a desert is that it should be dry and uninhabitable.

Considering this, the largest desert in the world is not Sahara but Antarctica, as it is nearly 2 million square miles bigger than the Sahara, receives just 2 inches of precipitation a year, and is host to merely a handful of land animals.

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