8 must-visit deserts in the world

Have you ever supposed that deserts are boring, dangerous, and ugly? Actually there are many deserts with mightier and more magical landscapes than we may think.

When hearing about deserts, you may think about sand, blazing sunlight, rocck and the sizzling weather first, but don’t you ever see it with only the first impression. You will definitely change your mind when you come to the following beautiful desert!

SALAR DE UYUNI SALT FLAT, BOLIVIA

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The largest salt field in the world, Salar de Uyuni, is located in Bolivia, near the mountains of the Andes. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. This 10,582-square-kilometer salt flat is covered with white salt and a thin layer of water in the rainy season. This thin layer of water creates the perfect mirror on the surface of the lake and makes it the world's largest mirror.

SAHARA DESERT, AFRICA

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With an area of over 9 million square kilometers, Sahara is the largest desert and the third biggest desert in the world. Located in North Africa, this desert mainly consists of the rocky plateaus. However, the "sand sea" (large area covered by sand dunes) will blow you away with the unbelievable power of the sun, wind and sand here.

MOJAVE DESERT, USA

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The Mojave Desert, or the High Desert, occupies a large part of southeast California and smaller parts of central California, southern Nevada, northwest Arizona in the United States, and is the driest desert in North America. The Mojave Desert has little vegetation, but it is known for Joshua - a species that grows only here - despite the harsh weather.

NAMIB DESERT, NAMIBIA

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Namib is a coastal desert in southern Africa, stretching over 2,000 km along the Atlantic coast of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa, from the Carunjamba River (Angola) in the north, through Namibia, to Olifants River in West Cape, South Africa. It is the oldest desert in the world. This place attracts adventurers because of the sandy beaches with dazzling pink and orange sand dunes that can reach up to 300 meters  in height.

WAVE DESERT, ARIZONA

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The beautiful sandstones in Wave have attracted many photographers. Located in the North of Coyote Buttes in Arizona, between Paria Canyon and the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, The Wave exposes large-scale sets of cross-bedded eolian sandstone composed of rhythmic and cyclic alternating grainflow and windripple laminae. 

FARAFRA, EGYPT

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Farafra is a national park of Egypt and 45 km (28 mi) north of the town of Farafra, the main draw of which is its rock type colored from snow-white to cream. It has massive chalk rock formations that are textbook examples of ventifact and which have been created as a result of occasional sandstorm in the area. The Farafra desert is a typical place visited by some schools in Egypt, as a location for camping trips. The desert was also the featured location in the music video accompanying the piece Echoes in the 2008–2011 album by the Klaxons.

 

By: Christina Baker

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