Nature #06: Deserts


Fasten your seat belts and, let's embark on another remarkable journey around the world to discover new places and, respectively, new curiosities. This time, we will venture into the deserts, some of which are located in unusual places and others in places away from everything and everyone. Check out the new #Nature in full! 🙂

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The definition of desert, geographically speaking, is that it is a region that practically receives no rainfall, and many of these deserts have an average annual rainfall below 400 millimeters (16 in). For all these characteristics, they have a “reputation” for being unable to house a large proportion of the population.


If we compare deserts with more humid regions, we can believe that their characteristics make them unable to shelter any kind of life. However, if we examine the deserts in a more attentive and accurate way, we will discover that they can harbor a wealth of life, but that it becomes invisible to less attentive eyes, because, often, the existing wealth remains hidden - mainly during the day - to keep the humidity .

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Around 20% of the Earth's continental surface, it is desert. Desert landscapes have some elements in common. The desert soil is composed mainly of sand, with frequent formation of dunes. Rocky soil landscapes, reflecting reduced soil development and scarcity of vegetation.


Lowlands can be salt-plains. The processes of wind erosion (caused by the wind) are important factors that contribute to the formation of desert landscapes. Amazingly, deserts sometimes contain valuable mineral deposits that have been formed in the arid environment or that have been exposed to erosion.

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Usually, this vegetation is thin and spaced, occupying only places where little water can accumulate - in cracks in the soil or under rocks - and the largest desert regions of the globe are found in Africa as the famous and even sung , the Sahara desert and, in Asia, the Gobi desert.

To better understand, the photo sessions of National Geographic, of the highest quality and resolution, give us the opportunity to learn about these places present in Nature, many of them practically untouched by humanity (literally). Here we go? 😉

1 - Antarctic Desert (Antarctica) - extension of 14,000,000 km²


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It is, as we know, the coldest, driest continent, with the highest average altitude and the highest rate of strong winds on the planet. The lowest temperature in our immense world, -89.2º C, was recorded in Antarctica. Its average altitude is approximately 2,000 meters. The gusts reach an incredible speed of approximately 100 km / h, being common and can last for several days. In addition, winds of up to 320 km / h have been recorded in the coastal area.

2 - Arabian Desert, Asia - extension of 1,300,000 km²

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The Arabian desert is located in the lands of Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Oman, Iraq and Yemen, places that have often served as scenarios for epic films that have taken millions of viewers to movie theaters around the world. .

3 - Sahara Desert, Africa - extension of 9,000,000 km²

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It is undoubtedly the most famous of all and also the hottest. And, according to official data, it is the second largest desert on Earth. It is located in North Africa, and its area is comparable to the European continent. The Sahara desert comprises part of the following countries and territories: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sudan and Tunisia. In all this immense area, about 2.5 million people live in the Sahara area.


4 - Gobi Desert - in Asia - length 1,125,000 km²

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The Gobi Desert, located in the northern region of the People's Republic of China and southern Mongolia, is quite extensive, having the following dimensions: 1600 km from east to west and 800 km from south to north, occupying an area the size of the state Brazilian Amazon. And, how many of us knew about the surprising existence of a desert in this region?

5 - Kalahari Desert, Africa - extension 580,000 km²

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Kalahari, Calaari or Calaári is a desert located in South Africa. This entire extension is spread over Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

6 - Great Sandy Desert - in Australia - extension 414,000 km²

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The Great Sandy Desert, extends to the northwest of Australia. This desert, is part of a vast and flat region, which is known as the Western Desert.

7 - Kara Kum Desert, Asia - 350,000 km² extension

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The Karakum desert is located in Central Asia, in Turkmenistan. The population in this desert is sparse, with an average of one person every 6.5 km2. What in view of the other regions is very little, that is, a small demographic density.

8 - Taklamakan Shamo Desert, Asia - 344,000 km²

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The Taklamakan Shamo Desert is located in the Tarim River Basin in Central Asia, in Xinjiang Uigure, in the People's Republic of China. What is equally surprising is the existence of a desert in a region in the People's Republic of China.

9 - Namibia Desert, Africa - 310,000 km² extension

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The Namibian desert, is located in Namibia and southwestern Angola and is part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest game reserve in Africa, stretching 1600 km along the Atlantic Ocean coastline in southern Angola and in Namibia. Its east-west width varies from 50 to 180 km.

10 - Thar Desert, Asia - 260,000 km²

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The Thar Desert or the Great Indian Desert is an extensive desert region located in northwest India and eastern Pakistan.

11 - Atacama Desert, Chile - 105,000 km² extension

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This is one of the most famous deserts in the world. We are talking about the Atacama desert, located in Chile (South America). In addition, the place in question is a major tourist spot, in which it is highly regarded in the world. Learn more at Nature #02.

Well, to make our magical journey through the world of unfathomable deserts even more delicious and pleasurable, we have the fantastic images that are the perfect translation of all these splendid regions, called desert, with everything that is good and better and, why not say, attractive and magical.

We ended our great adventure here ... Until next time! 😉

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