Gobi, Atacama, or Sahara are all well-known deserts, yet harsh but still have landscapes that attract visitors.
8 picturesque desert
Most of us know desert, or deserts are places where little rain, dry landscape, lack of water, lack of trees.
No one will think of a place where “sun burns on the head, hot sand at the foot” is attractive to tourism.
However, in the harsh environment there are still unique scenery, beautiful.
The beauty and charm of these settings make visitors unable to leave.
Sonoran Desert, USA
The Sonoran Desert covers an area of 260,000 km². The area stretches in part in Arizona, California, and Mexico.
This is the desert that receives the most rainfall out of all the deserts on Earth, about 25 – 35 cm per year.
Perhaps because of this precipitation, Sonoran is not too arid, even known for its rich biodiversity. Sonoran has more than 60 species of mammals, 20 species of amphibians, 100 species of reptiles, 20 species of fish, 350 species of birds, 2000 species of plants living together.
Yet, this is also the hottest desert in North America. In summer, the temperature in the Sonoran Desert is 40 degrees Celsius, some points outside the temperature of up to 50 degrees Celsius.
In addition, Sonoran is home to many rare plants. For example, saguaro, a type of cactus that grows only in the Sonoran Desert.
Simpson Desert, Australia
Simpson is the most beautiful desert in Australia, covering an area of 176,500 km².
The parallel dunes with waves are the most prominent attraction of this desert.
Estimated desert Simpson has more than 1,100 sand dunes running parallel. What is interesting and amazing is that some sand dunes are over 200 km in length.
In addition to the number and length of sand dunes, the Simpson Desert is also famous for its vibrant colors such as red, orange, pink and white.
However, the desert is very dry, receiving only 150 mm of rainwater each year. The average summer temperature is 39 – 50 ° C.
Arab Desert, West Asia
The Arabian Desert is a vast desert in West Asia, almost the entire Arabian Peninsula, with an area of 2.33 million km².
Much of the desert is in Saudi Arabia, stretching from Yemen to the Persian Gulf and from Oman to Jordan, Iraq.
The typical desert climate of the Arabian desert is hot and cold. In summer, the temperature can be as high as 55 degrees.
The largest part of the Arabian Desert is Rub’al Khali, the world’s largest unbroken desert, also known as the “empty space”, covering an area of 650,000 km².
Despite the harsh climate, the Arabian desert is rich in natural gas, oil and sulfur.
Negev Desert, southern Israel
The Negev extends over 12,000 km², accounting for more than half of Israel’s area.
Instead of the familiar image of the dunes, what you can see in the Negev deserts are gorges, deep valleys and spectacular cliffs.
Inside the desert are many ancient cultural relics.
Mojave Desert, USA
Mojave is the smallest desert in North America, occupying only 124,000 km².
Mojave is also known as the “high desert” because it lies at an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level.
The highlight of the Mojave is the Kelso Dunes, where smooth sand dunes stretching up to 200m high, bringing the eye-catching pink.
Besides, Mojave also has a unique desert landscape with only plants here. For example, cactus joshua can live up to 150 years.
Atacama Desert, Chile
Located in northern Chile, the Atacama Desert extends over an area of 105,000 km².
Atacama is the driest desert in the world, with almost no rain. Average rainfall is only 1 mm per year.
Because too dry, not many species of plants can survive here. Land also becomes barren, drought. The desert landscape is unique like the scene on Mars.
In addition, the quiet space, Atacama’s dusty sky makes it one of the best places to watch the night.
Sahara is the largest desert in the world, covering more than 9,000,000 km², covering most of North Africa. Northern Sahara borders the Mediterranean Sea, bordering the Niger River valley in the south, red sea in the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
Even in harsh environments with daytime temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius, the Sahara still has unparalleled beauty.
The arid valleys, rocky mountains, salt mines, sand dunes, plains, gravels and desert oases are all very unique and beautiful.
Many areas in the desert are invested into camping spots, watching the stars.
Gobi Desert, Central Asia
Gobi is the largest desert in Asia.
The Gobi’s distinctive features are bare boulders intermingled with small grass bushes. The Gobi Desert does not have as many sand dunes as other deserts.
Gobi Desert has five main ecological areas with different geographic features, such as gravel, rocky plateau, grasslands, steppes, caves, and dry moors.
The Gobi Desert also has great historical significance as it is the place where the Silk Road passes.
Along this route are a series of thousand-year-old Buddhist caves lying on the southern edge of the Gobi desert.