Largest Deserts in the World by Area

By | February 26, 2015

Sahara, Australian Desert, Arabian desert, Gobi, Kalhari Desert, Takla Desert, Sonoran Desert, Namib Desert, Kara Desert and Thar Desert are the 10 largest deserts in the world in terms of Area. Thar desert is located in Indian state Rajasthan and some area of Thar desert is in Pakistan.

S.No Desert Name Approximate Area in sq. km Location / Territories / Countries
1 Sahara Desert 84,00,000 Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia countries. Including Libyan Desert and the Nubian Desert.
2 Australian Desert 15,50,000 Australia; Including the Great Sandy or Warburton, Great Victoria, Simpson or Arunta, Gibson and Sturt Deserts.
3 Arabian Desert 13,00,000 Saudi Arabia, Southern Arabia, Yemen
4 Gobi Desert 10,40,000 China and Mongohina 
5 Kalahari Desert 5,20,000 Botswana
6 Takla Makan 3,20,000 Sinkiang, China
7 Sonaoran Desert 3,10,000 Arizona and California, United States of America and Mexico
8 Namib Desert 3,10,000 South-west Africa
9 Kara Kum Desert 2,70,000 Turkmenistan; Commonwealth of Independent States
10 Thar Desert 2,60,000 Northern-Western India (Rajasthan State) and Pakistan